|One Big Happy, Dysfunctional Family|
namaste-esque prayer position, her false humility, etc) somewhat spoils her on-screen performance, acts in a way that screams "LOOK HOW MUCH I'M ACTING RIGHT NOW!" She's very good, but she's really too much. Leo's better in the quieter scenes, where her bug-eyes go back into her face long enough for audiences to realize that that Alice Ward is, in fact, a real person.
The film is a bit uneven. As is often the case with 'based on a true story' films, there is both a ratcheting up of tension and strange tonal shifts. Life isn't a movie, where there can be a clear direction and a definite end. Life is sloppy, and so is this film. Crack addiction is played for both laughs and for drama, family fights are terrifying and hilarious. In no way should a film blatantly tell its audience how to feel, but this movie tells people how to feel and then chastises them for feeling that way a moment later. For instance, Alice, the matriarch of dubious intentions, is supposed to be someone you care about, but she's drawn in this almost cartoonish light. Are we supposed to believe that her anger over her son's drug use is completely diffused by the Bee Gees (seriously, that happens)?
|Charlene, One of Those MTV Girls|
That being said, The Fighter is still a great movie and the accolades it has received are very much deserved. The
Good Movie: Yes
Best Picture: It would be a surprise, but possibly. It's not particularly well-directed, which could hurt it