Plenty of punch

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

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.

Chris­tian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo David O. Rus­sell and BD DVD

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