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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.
Morgan Freeman's voiceover is as smooth as a baby's behind! It's darn right intoxicating! Fills me with the kind of warmth often felt in my mothers kitchen with the enticing scent of fresh baked bread in the air or a stiff drink of southern comfort to warm the bones on a chilly night!
Even though the central theme of boxing may not be everyones forte at the heart of the story just below the surface lies the real story! A story of one persons highest and lowest points in their lives! The highest points are inspiring! For a brief time we are able to live vicariously through her and know what it feels like to be a champion!While the lowest…
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…
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…
My god - does Morgan Freeman have to narrate everything?? It didn't even make much sense being that his character wasn't around for half the things he was narrating about...
That was the constant nagging problem for me, outside of the predictable Oscar-type plot. I went into it thinking I could tell you what this movie's about without watching it at all. Well, I wasn't too far off - and then it gets worse! The melodrama piles on, bringing in unnecessary story developments, cheap one-note characters and unearned heartfelt moments.
Thankfully, the performances themselves from the main actors were all pretty good - Clint Eastwood as the aging wise trainer Frankie Dunn, Hilary Swank as the poor underdog female boxer…
I have a new found respect for boxing.
Well I may as well start this review off by addressing the elephant in the room with regards to Million Dollar Baby. For the sake of sparing everybody further suspense I want to address the principle moral dilemma of the film and declare that in my humble opinion Clint makes the right decision in the end. Furthermore though, the film does not hold up very well upon revisit once you know already how the son of a bitch ends. Million Dollar Baby was directed by and stars Clint Eastwood and co-stars Morgan Freeman and Hillary Swank. The screenplay, written by Paul Haggis tells the story of Maggie Fitzgerald played by Swank. Maggie is a 30 something boxing prodigy who enlists…
8/10: Another Eastwood masterpiece. Very touching.
a must watch movie!
Film #37 of the 100 Movie Challenge
You can have your Dirty Harry's and your The Good, The Bad and The Ugly's. Me? I'm going to take my Million Dollar Baby's. The film is one of Eastwood's best yet, boasting powerful direction and all-round brilliant performances. It's a film that never takes the direction you expect, and the direction it eventually goes is heavy with emotion. Million Dollar Baby, you're up there with the greats.
This film has a lot of boxing in it, but it's not really ABOUT boxing. It's about a girl, desperate to fulfill her destiny to be a great fighter, and a washed-up training looking both to redeem himself, and to train another champion.
The relationship between Maggie (Swank) and Frankie (Eastwood) is chilly at first, but eventualyl blossoms into something akin to father-daughter love.
Frankie teaches Maggie not only to fight, but to be strong and overcome her shoddy upbringing, which is illustrated later in the film. Maggie teaches Frank to tear down the barriers to his heart and let others in.
There is a hell of a lot of depth here: the narration is perfect, not explaining too much,…
I remember not really rating this when it first came out so I figured that 10 years on, it was worth a re-watch. After all, it did win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Second time around, my opinion hasn't really changed. It's fairly middle of the road drama with some pretty unrealistic boxing sequences thrown in (I'm pretty sure people would die/be seriously injured all the time if this is what boxing was like).
I really wanted to enjoy this but I just couldn't get into it (again).
Good movie about boxing after 'Rocky' and 'Ragging bull'
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