Million Dollar Baby
Beyond his silence, there is a past. Beyond her dreams, there is a feeling. Beyond hope, there is a memory. Beyond their journey, there is a love.
Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Expectations can be real killers sometimes and at the time of its release it was seemingly impossible to go anywhere without hearing of the greatness of Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby. A real success both financially and critically, as well as bringing home numerous shiny awards, Clint landed a true hit with this boxing tale. It's a genre that pretty much always guarantees to do well and not something I'd ever expect Eastwood to take a shot at. Despite liking the idea I never really got a chance to watch it, so with years and years of build-up, pressure by everyone for not having seen it, and expecting to be emotionally drained I decided it was finally time. The question is…
Holy christ. I think it will convey my feelings better if i just tell you that i can barely see the keyboard to type this through my tears...
I have avoided this movie for years due to the disturbing subject matter and lack of interest. After reading some of the reviews on this site I decided to give it a go.
Eastwood has always been a remarkable director and storyteller,even more so the older he gets,but with this he shows what a great actor he truly is. Having starred in some of the most iconic and influential films of the last fifty years Eastwood has never really been considered to be a "great " actor (62 years old when he finally got an oscar nom for acting) but with Unforgiven and then Million Dollar Baby something changed. Whether it took him time to relax to enjoy his craft…
While I wouldn't say it deserved to win Best Picture, it's very well acted and directed. Despite the slow pace I was mostly engaged due to how genuine everything felt. It's fine, probably nothing I'd re-watch though.
Million Dollar Baby is great film that shows the importance of relationships and trust. Eastwood plays old time manager/trainer Freddie Dunn, who reluctantly takes Maggie (Swank) under his wing as his only girl fighter. It chronicle's their two year journey together full many triumphs and one big down fall. But does this downfall make Frankie question his judgment?
Eastwood provides one of his best performances (at least the most heartfelt) of his stellar career and Swank doesn't miss a beat in her portrayal of Maggie. With the two main characters getting so much attention, it's almost hard to forget about the rest of the cast, particularly its narrator; Morgan Freeman as Scrap. Each of these characters are developed so well…
Film #4 of Previously Unwatched Best Picture Winners
Million Dollar Baby is a very good film anchored by great performances from the entire cast. Hilary Swank is simply amazing as Maggie Fitzgerald, a 31 year old waitress with the ultimate dysfunctional family who uses boxing as an escape from her miserable life. She is taken under the wing of Clint Eastwood, who for the last 15 years or so has played a grumpy, old curmudgeon who deep down has a heart of gold, who plays a grumpy, old boxing manager who deep down has a heart of gold. This however is easily his best curmudgeon character. The supporting cast is also very good, especially Jay Baruchel as boxing wannabe Danger…
É incrível como esse filme mexe com diferentes sentimentos, muito bom.
Sympathetic, encouraged, excited, enthralled, sad, angry, devastated & reflective are the impressions this film left on me.
A film is meant to tell a story and this does that brilliantly.
A modern day Oscar winning masterpiece which is a must see for all film lovers.
While not as impressive as most of Eastwood's filmography in my opinion, it still delivers a decent story, with an unexpected twist near the end.
Million Dollar Baby is largely a film which forces you to have mental strength. It makes you embrace relative mental thought, because without it, your perspective of the hardships which lie within it's runtime would be far and away considerably easier to handle.
However, with the way things are, the film has me in mourning. Eastwood's directing has never been so purposeful in Mystic River, or Gran Torino, or any of his other films. Here, even with the typical shots, the pacing and moodsetting Eastwood employs suggest he understands the script on a greater level. He knows that the plot makes you expect something wrong between each character's relationship, he understands that it puts you on the titanic, and out…
But hey, look, Jay Baruchel!
Best film I've ever seen.
I'd like to believe that Frankie(Million Dollar Baby), Walt(Gran Torino) ,and Gus(Trouble with the Curve) are same person.The world will be more beautiful by this simple fact. I have been putting this movie off by my prejudiced view. I am glad, I finally come around and watched it today.