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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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
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 don't train girls."
Probably my favorite Eastwood movie to date, Million Dollar Baby follows the journey of Maggie Fitzgerald as she trains her heart out to become the next big boxing champion of the world. With his accomplice Iron-Scrap by his side and a not-so familiar task at hand, disgruntled boxing trainer Frankie Dunn manages to take to the challenge where he also takes he journey to make Maggie a grand champion.
I've always been a fan of Mr. Clint Eastwood in both the acting and directing apartment and most of his films have managed to leave a lasting impact on me. And Million Dollar Baby is one of Eastwood's crown jewels in the world of cinema. I was…
Just as terrible as I remembered it.
Absolutely brilliant. The acting is magnificent, with great performances from the two oscar winnings and also from Eastwood. The twist was expected because it was spoiled, but it was very effective nonetheless, and I will always remember the scene when Morgan Freeman comes out of the darkness at the end and stares into the camera.
Wonderful storytelling and genuinely authentic. Clint Eastwood's typical demeanor works well in this style but he also adds a layer of humor that's some of the best I've seen from him. Morgan Freeman offers a warm and graceful performance as well, finally winning him an Oscar here. And what are you going to say about Hilary Swank? She owns this role.
Ultimately the reason this film works for me, is because at the core of it, it's about chasing our dreams and working hard for them. And this idea of family and redemption. For Swank, she was willing to do whatever it took, honestly, to chase her dream. And for Eastwood, his relationship with Swank transcended trainer/trainee and it became…
I had seen a similar plot quite a few times before... But this one still got me to care. Hilary Swank has such a talent!
Just like in Gran Torino, Eastwood is a grumpy old motherfucker with a grudgingly gold heart. A bit different to the traditional sports movie as it takes on a new character entirely for the last third of the movie.
Well, this isn't at all the biopic about the quintuplets that I was expecting.
Clint Eastwood beautifully created a hard-hitting and emotional drama for all audiences.
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