A funny, violent and well played movie by the creator of Three Kings, David O Russel. "The Fighter" will grip you by the neck from the first scence, where Bale puts his money where his mouth is (once again) and brings home the bacon. A bacon with which he later makes a delicious proverbial omelet together with Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg keeps a steady basal level of acting no more than necessary, and it works perfectly, despite him having the lead role. Not only in the movie, but also in the family.