(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
SW score: 36
3.5 out of 5 octopi
++ Amy Adams acquits herself in her normal skilled fashion but this movie is all about Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg. As with seemingly every other boxing movies in the history of the universe, the washed-up or never has been protagonist overcomes long odds to emerge triumphantly. There’s a spoiler warning at the top of this post so don’t bug me. Besides you knew it was gonna happen that way. But there are only so many stories and how they are told is what matters most. Bale, in another Machinist-esque physical transformation (he plays a skeletal boxer who was once great but now has been reduced to crack addiction and crime). He breathes life and nuance into this archetype: the almost great boxer turned trainer. And who benefits from his wisdom: his little brother played by Marky Mark. Wahlberg has always had charisma. He isn’t the finest actor but he captures the screen. He also resonates with sincere emotion, a skill that very few actors can summon. If you like underdog fight flicks, and I know I do, with a brain and unusual grittiness, this movie will knock you out.
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.
(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)
(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so
(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)