The Fighter ended up being on my top 10 list of favorite movies of 2010, I thought it was a great film, and loved the inspiring stories that it told.
As you know, The Fighter is based on a true story, but it's no secret that Hollywood takes the liberty of making true life events seem more dramatic and exciting in the movies than what actually happened in real life. After I watched the film I came home and watched the actual boxing match between Mickey Ward and Shea Neary, which was the final championship fight shown in the movie. It was actually turned out to be pretty accurate. Sure there were a few changes for dramatic effect and some weird little details that they changed, but it was pretty close.
There's a video that's been released on YouTube that you have to watch which compares the actual real life fight that aired on HBO with the fight in the movie. The video gives us a great break down of accuracies and inaccuracies in the film. Here's the description of the video from it's editor, YouTube user Fandorific.
This video compares footage from the championship bout between Micky Ward and Shea Neary that provides "The Fighter" with its climax side by side with footage of the HBO broadcast of the actual fight.
The comparison sheds light on how the filmmakers aimed to realistically re-enact the fight while indulging in old-school Hollywood dramatic effects, two approaches that you would think would be at cross-purposes. Did they try to have their cake and eat it, or blend the best of both worlds? See for yourself.
I think the filmmakers did a good job of blending the best of both worlds. Check out the video below and tell us what you think!