Plenty of punch
YOU don’t have to be a fan of the rough stuff to get a whole lot out of this underdog boxing bio-drama. It focuses on the testing relationship between boxing brothers Micky Ward ( Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund ( Christian Bale) during the years leading up to Ward’s big title fight in London, as Micky struggled inside and outside the ring with his meddling family and Dicky’s crack addiction. It’s no real surprise that Bale snagged an Oscar for his work. He steals the show but there are no passengers in the rest of the cast either. It’s very much a traditional dramatic tale of zero to hero but it’s stylishly told and, like its central boxing character, has plenty of heart. Extras: The director talks about plenty in the audio commentary, including the many intricacies between what happens in the film and what happened in reality, plus there’s a terrific interview on the real-life boxing stars and deleted scenes, with and without the director’s chatter.