I grew up in the 80’s. I spent way too much time playing Nintendo, with more time wasted on Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out than any other game. So when I settled in to watch The Fighter the other day, it was somewhat inevitable that the comparisons would flow freely inside my skull. Which Punch-Out characters correspond to the various characters in The Fighter, and why? You’ll note that nobody from Punch-Out corresponds to Charlene Fleming/Amy Adams. To be as succinct as I can be, there weren’t any Punch-Out characters that looked like that.
Little Mac was undersized, an Irish guy, and an underdog. For almost two full hours, David O. Russell might as well have put an arrow pointing at Micky Ward with some text floating around him that said “UNDERDOG!!!!”. The whole movie screams MICKY WARD WAS AN UNDERDOG! Even his own mom didn’t like him best.
Fun Fact: Mark Wahlberg is one more good acting performance away from forcing me to never mention Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch ever again. Continue reading