Laura Anne Brestel
November 14, 2011
By: David Russell
The quote “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family,” by Anthony Brandt is a single statement that can summarize the whole meaning and story of David Russell’s movie The Fighter. Taken from the true story about the life of welter-weight champion Mickey Ward, The Fighter is an amazing film that captures not only the life of Mickey Ward and his journey to success but it also shows the bonds and influences family has on an individual’s life and just how rewarding, and sometimes damaging, they can be.
The Fighter is centered on exploring the incredible rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. Micky who is one of the most centered and determined individual in his family has the goal of climbing through the ranks to win the title not only for himself but also for the pride of his family. Coached and managed by his brother Dicky Ward and his mother Alice Ward, Micky not only has to fight his opponent but also fight the struggles of his brother’s addiction to drugs and his mothers overbearing managing skills. It is evident that the moment this film begins that the Ward brothers are extremely close and both value the bond they have with each other. We first see them in the opening credits, joking, laughing, and pretending to do boxing punches to one another immediately showing us as the audience that they have a sacred and strong bond. Within minutes you can also tell the differences that define the two as complete opposites. We see Micky signifying the responsible one out of the two who keeps the level head and keeps his eye on the prize of what he wants as he tries to keep his brother Dickey focused on work. We also see Micky as the quieter and more reserved brother who follows any direction that is usually is given to him in the movie. The other figure that Micky has a strong bond to would be his...