Last week's retrospective of David O. Russell's career had me thinking of a new category: Movie with the Biggest Heart. The Fighter may vie with Toy Story 3, but in the end would topple all contenders.
Most fight movies are very much alike. This one, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, broke no new ground, but if you're a movie buff and looking to add another "round" to your repertoire, go see it.
Warts and all, The Fighter is a completely entertaining and compelling character study. It may be just another 'underdog attempts to triumph with the help of a trusted girlfriend' fable, but thanks to the cast, it's a darn-good entry in a well-worn genre.
I happened to catch three films in a row on Saturday at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival that all dealt with issues of family, particularly the idea of creating a family from people to whom you aren't necessarily related.