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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.
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…
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…
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…
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Clint Eastwood can’t complain. A year before “Million Dollar Baby”, he was successful with “Mystic River”. This boxing movie gets that praise too.
Like “Mystic River”, the performances are the power of the film. Eastwood joins forces with Morgan Freeman, who he worked with in “Unforgiven”. Both are very strong, as you would expect. The band and rivalry between the two old friends is pleasant to watch. Freeman narrates the movie and we all know how well that can work (just think about “The Shawshank Redemption”). The biggest star is however Hilary Swank, who manages to show more of herself, even if her…
I don't like boxing or any fight sports, so I thought that I wouldn't like Million Dollar Baby.
I watched it last year and I loved. I still think boxing is a bad sport and boxing movies are boring (Raging Bull and Rocky), but Million Dollar Baby moved me.
Even though a little slushy, this movie enters easily in my Top 20.
An exciting drama that everyone should watch.
Million Dollar Baby once again shows us that anytime Morgan Freeman narrates, the movie is filled with heart. While its a boxing movie, what helps to separate this film from the genre is its real characters. Eastwood and Swank feel genuine. Eastwood at first is playing himself, but then he surprises us by giving a moving and surprisingly likable performance. Swank's presence onscreen is great, giving passion and emotion to every scene she has. The story doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it flows so well we forget how many times we've seen this tale. The final product is a very homely story of "getting your chance" before its too late.
Lo que daría cualquier director del mundo por un guión así.
Obra maestra, comedida hasta el infinito, con una elegancia en los tiempos digna de un metrónomo y con un casting brutal, todo en ella funciona.
La primera parte, el camino hacia la gloria, es digna de la mejor película pugilista llena de ilusión y que hace que nos ilusionemos a cada momento.
El principio de la segunda parte es un gancho en toda la barbilla, te desplomas como un peso muerto y no te deja levantarte de la lona en todo el resto del metraje. De ahí al final, todo lo invade el coraje y el amor hacia cada secuencia, todo se vuelve sombrío pero todo cobra sentido, tratando de la muerte y el verdadero camino que nos lleva a ella.
This is another one of those very mediocre, generic movies that have garnered massive praise for effectively aping the aesthetics of great movies while having none of the substance. I call it the "Darabont Syndrome."
In what feels like a dirge from the opening credits, Million Dollar Baby stars Clint Eastwood as a (you'll never believe it) grizzled boxing manager capable of only 2 facial expressions, who reluctantly takes on a determined female fighter (Hilary Swank). Morgan Freeman co-stars as a (you'll never believe it) sage-like former boxer whose flowery narration sounds like the work of a hack 1950s sports reporter sentenced to Shawshank for reckless typecasting.
There is no energy or tension to most of Million Dollar Baby because…
"Million Dollar Baby" is a film that resonates deeply within every viewing. The subtleness and beauty of Clint Eastwood's direction oozes off the screen with such effectiveness that it's hard to not get drawn into the film's quiet majesty. An engaging story with wonderfully realized characters, brought to life by even more wonderful performances, "Million Dollar Baby" is a strong movie made with care and passion.
Una decepción considerable, llena de tópicos y melodrama barato. La salvo por la dirección de Clint, y las interpretaciones, en especial Hilary Swank, pero ya. La historia me ha dejado muy frío. Un poco sobrevalorada, la verdad.
Ach ja, Million Dollar Baby. Um es gleich vorweg zu nehmen, ich war begeistert von diesem weiblichen Rocky. Gegen Ende hin hab ich nur noch Rotz und Wasser geheult.Was den Film von Rocky und anderen Sportfilmen unterscheidet, ist die zum letzten Drittel eingeführte Sterbehilfe-Problematik. Sie gibt dem Finalkampf nochmal einen finsteren Twist und bringt einige rührende Szenen zur Geschichte. Fantastische Leistungen vom gewohnt grummeligen, aber mit gutem Herzen dastehenden Clint Eastwood. Dazu Morgan Freeman als gutes Gewissen und Hillary Swank, die zeigt, dass Frauen wesentlich mehr darstellen können als Brüste/Loveinterest des Haupthelden. Ebenfalls cool ist Jay Baruchel als "Danger" in einer kleinen Nebenrolle. Was soll ich sagen, ihc war über die kompletten 2 Stunden super unterhalten, abgesehen von genretypischen Trainingsmontagen…
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