Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for David O. Russell’s The Fighter, a boxing drama starring Mark Wahlberg as “Irish” Mickey Ward, a 30-something brawler from Boston who takes a long, bumpy road to redemption and a fighting chance at a title. Christian Bale stars as his good-for-nothing druggie brother, the guy who taught him everything he knows about punching holes in other dude’s faces. Amy Adams, lovely as always even hidden behind that thick Bahhston accent, plays his supportive (and at one point combative) lady friend.

If you remember back, this is the film that went through something like 35 casting changes before settling on Wahlberg and Bale. Looks like they got it right, from a distance…

Watch the first trailer below or check it out in HD over at Apple.com.

First impressions? Looks like a story we’ve seen before, set to a score we’ve heard before, featuring a Christian Bale look that we haven’t seen in a while — as in, it’s interesting to see him get back to his Machinist days. Now will somebody get the man a cheeseburger? Paramount is dropping this one into theaters in “December,” which means they have faith that it will catch with critics around awards time. And as these things go, the real meat will be in the performances. Bale is no slouch, Amy Adams can bring it, and when Mark Wahlberg is away from M. Night Shyamalan, there’s hope.

Does anyone else find it ironic that this film is directed by noted rage-master David O. Russell? I can’t be the only one…


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