It was Christian Bale that really had me sold on wanting to watch this movie. I personally enjoy his acting and feel that he really gives his all to his roles. He did a great job, but that is not to down play Mark Wahlburg. This is the movie that I said to myself "Mark Wahlburg isn't that bad of an actor" now take that however way you want, I am just not going to knock the guy's acting from now on after watching this movie. I have never seen Amy Adams exhibit her acting but I did enjoy her performance. The drama going on with Wahlburg's character's family is as real as it gets, watching some of the arguments, and confrontations are just as awkward as if we were sitting in the room with them. The movie has the realistic feel of "The Wrestler" as well as a bit of Martin Scorsese's style. There is hardly any re-watch value. It's an interesting drama but I am not eager to watch it again. If I did it would be to analyze the acting in it.