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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…
Clint Eastwood is the master of Million Dollar Baby, on and off screen as both a wonderful protagonist and exceptional director. However, the star of the show is a remarkable Hilary Swank as the endlessly determined Maggie Fitzgerald, a woman who will never give up because to do so is to have nothing in life. Not only is she one of the most remarkable protagonists of the century, her relationship with Eastwood's Frankie Dunn is one of the most beautiful put to screen. Beautifully shot and featuring both a haunting score and gravelly Morgan Freeman narration, Million Dollar Baby is an artwork in modern cinema that doesnt entertain a single cliche.
maybe a thousand dollar baby
"Sentimentalismo marcato, enfasi ed eroismo. Il ritorno del cinema classico americano."
Così, forse, si potrebbe definire Million Dollar Baby. Clint Eastwood racconta una storia melodrammatica dai netti contorni senza lasciare spazio a imprecisioni o sbavature narrative. I temi trattati sono molto forti come la boxe (sport incentrato attorno all'arco narrativo del film) , la cui ferocia può appunto fare da contorno ai toni eastwoodiani che, dopo i Ponti di Madison County colpiscono lo spettatore senza esclusione di colpi.
Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) è una pugile determinata ad allenarsi per riscattare la sua vita, e quando giunge alla palestra di Frankie (Eastwood), un vecchio pugile abbandonato a se, la ragazza viene rifiutata. Solo l'intervento di Eddy (Morgan Freeman) concederà una chance…
Rightly or wrongly, I intend to watch 'American Sniper' and thought I'd check out Eastwood's last 'great' film. It did win an Academy Award for best picture after all.
2004 must have been pretty barren. There is a message in the film, but it's a very confused and gloomy one. The film is set in a world of contrast. Contrast as in no one has a fill light and everyone is always at least a little bit in shadow to be dark, broody and unrelenting - the picture of boxing this is trying to paint. Although a bit over-stylised in its execution, this basic concept that runs through the film is admirable. I can't claim to love boxing or see its merits in general and this theme is perhaps the film's sole strength.
That aside, this is a thoroughly unrepeatable film.
Clint knocks it out the park!
Seen at the right place at the right time, it can inspire you to make movies.
Clint Eastwood's understated direction helps Million Dollar Baby avoid the emotional manipulation that other filmmakers might have succumb to. It still has its flaws - chiefly the heavy-handed voiceover and few redundant side characters - but this tale of father figures and daughter figures set in the world of boxing is a powerhouse of a drama. Swank, Eastwood and Freeman deliver knockout turns.
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