This was a weekend of two great movies, both of which I'd recommend and both of which I'd see again. And interestingly, while I enjoyed each, both are almost exact opposites.
This one was actually based on a true story, except I really had no background so I wasn't sure what to expect. The boy does follow boxing so he knew what was to expect, and he found it quite amusing to feed me incorrect information about what to come, which in a way made the ending a bit of a surprise.
In general I'm not a huge fan of boxing movies. I just don't really enjoy seeing people get injured on screen and cringe every time it happens. But there was enough happening outside the ring for me to enjoy the movie. I really liked Amy Adams in this, although I love her in almost anything she is. I thought it was crazy when they showed footage of the real Mickie and Dickie over the credits how much Mark Whalberg and Christian Bale sounded like the men they portrayed. In a way it's not the most typical Oscar movie, but boxing movies have done well in Academy Awards in the past, and I expect this one to do so as well.
Overall this movie was just fun to watch. We saw it in 3-D which I really think is completely worth it. The movie was actually preceded by a warning that the parts of it were in 2-D, which I think was a great idea. It's not necessarily the most novel idea, think of it as the Wizard of Oz, but with 2-D vs. 3-D instead of black & white vs. color. But while it isn't completely original, as far as I know it the first time they done it with 3-D.
While the plot might not have been the most original either (it really reminded me of an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark from back in the day), it was just a lot of fun to watch. It was followed by action scene after action scene, but each still each seemed even more exciting than the last.
This was definitely a strong weekend at the movies. I would easily recommend either one of these, I guess it just comes down to which one you would prefer to watch.
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