The Fighter is a sports-drama film that presents the true story of boxer, Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), and his tremendous yet relatable journey of fighting for family, the girl next door, and a World Boxing Title.
Immediately within the first couple seconds of the trailer audiences are presented with our leading actors of the movie, juggernauts Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, followed by the lead lady, the lovely Amy Adams. By seeing these three actors as the headlining leads for The Fighter, audiences will grow excited because of the ethos surrounding the three’s decorative careers. As stated in Everything’s an Argument, “Ethos creates quick and sometimes almost irresistible connections between audience…” (Lunsford, 45). Mark Wahlberg already has a good history by appearing in many drama films, and Christian Bale has his fair share of drama, but fans will be interested to see him in a role where he's not in his brute physique like in his most recent works in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Many know Amy Adams with her “America’s Sweetheart” persona like in Enchanted, but in this case she’s able to show off her talent, branch out, and tackle on a more serious role. All in all, The Fighter provides audiences with a smashing cast.
As people watch the trailer of The Fighter, audiences will sympathize and understand the pathos of the film as the dramatic atmosphere can be experienced by anyone. According to acting coach, Constantin Stanislavsky, “You must live the part every moment you are playing it,” (Giannetti, 276). Mark Wahlberg’s character, Micky Ward, just hooks audiences when he confesses, “I told everyone I was gonna win that fight and get back on track, I’m sick of being a disappointment”. As the trailer rolls on, a title screen describes it all, “Every dream deserves a fighting chance”. You don’t have to be a professional boxer to try to make a name for yourself or prove that you’re somebody. Audiences at some point in their lives know what feels like to be beaten down emotionally, and to know when things just aren’t going your way whether financially, athletically, or in relationships. The Fighter doesn’t just throw punches in the ring, it hits you right at home.
The Fighter isn't meant for the eyes of all viewers. Before the trailer begins, people will notice the film got rated R from the MPAA. However, because of the logos one senses in the film from foreseeable vulgar language and violence, the movie aims to target an audience consisting people ages 16 and up that includes both men and women. Logically, because of the action provided by The Fighter, this will get the attention of guys to see the movie; Especially when they are used to seeing studs like Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale deliver awesome performances of being bad asses. Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale will catch women’s eyes also if not for their careers or performances then definitely for their looks; for women, seeing Mark Wahlberg without a shirt is very gratuitous to the eyes.
The Fighter offers brilliance to those who see the film, as they are able to feel for the characters and witness history. Although The Fighter isn’t intended for younger audiences, it certainly packs a punch.