So last night AFI FEST scored with their annual “secret screening,” which turned out to be the world premiere of David O. Russell’s “The Fighter.” Theres not much word just yet, but the film is screening again today for press so we can expect that to change soon. In the meantime, though, we do have a wide variety of tweets that suggest “The Fighter” is heading for a mixed-to-positive response that might not make it a best picture frontrunner. Christian Bale, on the other hand, looks like he might get that status officially in the supporting actor category any day now.
Here’s 13 tweets:
@geoffberkshire: So much for David O. Russell making a “traditional” drama. The Fighter is something much better than that. Bold, excellent work
@muthmedia: THE FIGHTER was spectacular. Wahlberg was Wahlberg; Bale was amazing. The story bobbed/weaved (heh), but I really enjoyed it. @AFIFEST
@theworriedshoes: THE FIGHTER is awfully familiar stuff. Russell gets some good things in around the margins, and the cast is good, but I didn’t care.
@JordanCronk: THE FIGHTER (Russell; 2010): Tired, cliched, faux-triumphant. Pretty sure RAGING BULL’S place in the canon is secure. #AFIFEST
@cowboytrey: The Fighter is porbably Christian Bale’s movie. Mark Wahlberg is a symbol that other more fleshed out characters fight over. Still, good.
@toolizzit2quit: just watched “The Fighter”. Christian Bale WILL win the Oscar next year. I call it second. @reverseDERF was 1st
@LivingInCinema: Wow, lots of enthusiasm for THE FIGHTER. Did I see a different movie?
@AmyBoxoffice: “I haven’t seen a crowd like this since I performed with the Funky Bunch.” Mark Wahlberg’s opening words at AFI screening of THE FIGHTER.
@YRFilms: The Fighter is rock solid. One of the best boxing films, definitely the most realistic. Great performances by Bale, Wahlberg, Leo and Adams.
@s_oldham: The Fighter is all about the Wards, not the boxing. Surprisingly, the fights are the weakest parts of the film
@carsonpatrick: The Fighter is an insanely good movie.
@firstshowing: Boxing movies are always badass. The Fighter was great, liked it a lot. Christian Bale better win Oscar.
@AndrewDignan: The Fighter (10 Russell B-) Ungainly and broadly executed (at times it plays like a white trash version of Precious) but DOR is 3/3 at coaxing vulnerable, sympathetic performances out of Wahlberg. Plus I am weirdly susceptible to Amy Adams’ muffin top.