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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.
Bolstered by knockout performances, balanced in all aspects of storytelling & finishing on a high note with a gut-wrenching finale, Million Dollar Baby is a wonderfully crafted, brilliantly narrated & expertly paced sports drama that may seem like just another underdog story at first but changes its course in the middle to end up as something else entirely.
The story of Million Dollar Baby follows an old, rugged & experienced but underappreciated boxing trainer who has spent a lifetime in the ring training some incredible fighters but also finds himself being haunted by his past mistakes, for which he tries to make up by taking an amateur boxer under his wing & help her achieve her dream of becoming a professional.
Directed by Clint…
Million Dollar Baby is an example of story telling that is so brilliant it seems almost too easy. It just flows so smoothly and patiently while never once being boring, a story of three characters that feel authentic and genuine, real people that I felt compassion for throughout. Clint Eastwood is both behind and in front of the camera for this one, and both aspects are an achievement he should be proud of. His performance of Frankie Dunn often times felt like business as usual for Eastwood, a familiar voice and demeanor to many of his other memorable roles, but just when I thought I had him pegged for typical he threw a few punches at me that felt anything…
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After doing a litle research and noticing that this is considered a neo-noir film (apparently they call it a pulp noir), I thought it would be a good chance to rewatch it as I didn't really like it the first time I watched it some years ago. After rewatching it, I still can't really understand why this is listed as a neo-noir and still can't call it a good film.
I don't want to be one of those guys who say they didn't like the film just to look cool, the truth is that this film doesn't impress me on a technical nor on an emotional level. I still can't understand what's all the fuss about, there's nothing particularly great…
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Where does melodrama end and real drama begin?
I'm not quite sure, but I am certain this film walks exactly in between.
Storywise this is essentially a two-parter. The classic build up with the exposition of characters, their bonding and subsequent resolution. What this film does, however, is make that resolution almost a story in itself. And therein lies its strength and its weakness.
Eastwood takes his time to establish the main protagonists in this story and I applaud him for it. It is directed with great sobriety and allows all actors involved to shine and focus on their characters and the story. The relationship triangle we are shown is tangible and very believable, most notably the deep friendship and…
Contrary to what I expected, Million Dollar Baby is a truly visceral experience headlined by fantastic work from Hillary Swank. I expected Clint Eastwood to be great both in front of and behind the camera and I wasn't disappointed. Swank was a complete surprise though. She had the ability to make or break this film and she more than "made" it. Her chemistry with Eastwood was palpable and an absolute joy to watch.
Behind the camera Eastwood was even more impressive. In particular his use of lighting, especially in some of the earlier gym sequences was impressive. I've never thought much of Eastwood-the-director but Million Dollar Baby gave me reason to rethink…
The real Million Dollar Baby...was fake.
Sorry, couldn't resist. Anyway I still found this quite elegant in general, lovely to look at (all those dark blues and oily blacks), and terribly sad. The expression of love at the end between the two leads is pretty devastating, even to someone like me who has been charitably described, in some cases by his best friends, as a sociopath. Clint never cuts away. There's no slow fade to black out in the hallway. We have to stay in the room with them.
At first Freeman's voice over sounded like that very self-consciously literary crap that sportswriters seem to be attracted to, insisting on the intrinsic, old-fashioned nobility of the pugilistic arts. But eventually…
I hate this movie.
I actually love this movie I just am trying to make myself stop crying.
Maggie and Frankie's growth together was so subtle, honest, and kind that it was enough to make an amazing story all on it's own. But on top of their story you have Danger, who was my favorite character in this. You're rooting so hard for each and every one of them and by the end of it boy have they brought you through the ringer.
I'm going to cry about this for the rest of the day no doubt.
A Powerful Movie with Electrifying Performances.
Everybody loves Clint Eastwood now. The British have got Judi Dench, the Americans have Clint Eastwood. A national institution? Hell, he’s an international institution. And he no longer has to follow one of his pet projects with a money making easy thriller. Now he just does the ambitious stuff. And the signs are good for this film: it is beautifully performed, has carefully composed images, has Tom Stern’s poetically washed out life in the streets photography. But then we can begin to notice how sentimental it is. I don’t just mean the end, it’s the whole thing. Take the Eastwood-Morgan Freeman relationship: it is built by wonderfully played detail, but then it doesn’t really do anything – they have an…
"Million Dollar Baby" is superb; it hits ups and downs, and barely sets a foot wrong. I can't say I understand Hollywood's fascination with boxing movies to be honest. Why not other sports? It matters little here, however, as this is a film less about boxing and more about human interaction. It is as heart-warming as it is poignant. Clint Eastwood provides a directorial masterclass as he beautifully controls the story. It's almost effortless. It's wonderful.
***1/2 Struggle, grace, nobility in a depleted world (urban, this time) presented with confident understatement. But then Eastwood (so fine, as an actor, opposite the perfectly complementary Swank) and Haggis stoop to caricature in an awful telegraphing of a pathetically simplistic, long-discredited bootstrap mythology -- an ineffably compromising stain they allow to seep all over the grace they touch elsewhere.
Clunky, but sticks the landing.
Watched in 2005.
Sometimes a film comes along and, against all expectation, devastates you. Million Dollar Baby has long been on my wish list but it was only this weekend that I finally got round to watching it. And boy am I grateful to have done so.
Clint Eastwood's film about a trailer park girl that is determined to become a professional boxer is a thing of such searing beauty that it must be considered as his best. I've yet to see Mystic River or Unforgiven but they have a lot of work to do in order to trump this. I was so profoundly moved by it that it's pretty much all I spoke about for the rest of the day.
chato que nem o diabo
tipo mt americano muito muito muito muito
só desnecessário na minha vida
pelo menos eu vi no cinema de graça
o cineclube do parque municipal ta com uma mostra de filmes sobre box
chama "o nobre esporte"
grande bosta né
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