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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 really wasn't expecting the second half of this film and now I honestly want to die
فلمين شفتهم مؤخرا ولا تتعب نفسك وتشوفهم واحد أوسكآري مخزي والآخر أكشن بلا هوية كما هي أفلام الأكشن مؤخرا
(Script) Paul Haggis; (DOP) Tom Stern
I can't imagine seeing this film and not knowing the ending.
I hate when racists make good movies
we watched this in film class. it's actually not a bad movie but I physically gag whenever I have to see Clint Eastwood and his crusty ass on a TV Screen I'm Tired
okay what the fuck i did not expect the movie to take this turn at all and the ending what the SHIT
somehow i managed not to spoil any of it even though this movie came out in 2004 and i easily could have spoiled it ?
Clint is terrible speaker but great filmmaker to whom cinematic language seems to float in the veins. Even if Million Dollar Baby couldn't in million years reach the level of Chaplin (in my eyes that is), I can't help but to see this as more or less a kind of Eastwood's version of Limelight. I never would have really thought that Clint was able to perform with this kind of emotion - the sense of loss can be read from his face. And the way he expresses his feelings, translating Gaelic, tells something about the conflict between his emotions and his nature. There is something hesitant about that - enormous emotion that is just waiting to get expressed. It is…
'Million Dollar Baby' is definitely a good film. It's well directed and extremely well acted. Hilary Swank is great in the film. Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman are also very good.
What stops it from being anything more than just 'a good film' for me is - the pacing. It's a little tedious, especially in the middle.
My biggest problem I had with the film though is the narration. I found the narration to be poorly placed and pretty annoying. I'm not going to say I'm someone who dislikes narration in film or that it doesn't work because that wouldn't be true. It has worked in many films, but by god when it doesn't work it can take away from…
You can see my full review for this movie over at my site, as part of the Best Picture Project. The link is below.
All you need know is that, if I could have given this less than half-a-star on this site, I would have.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…
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