Clint Eastwood Mystic River directs Million Dollar Baby with great respect for the slow miracles that draw very different people together in ties that touch the heart and the soul. Forming an iron triangle forged from mutual dependence, Dunn and Dupris school the impulsive but untutored Maggie in both the techniques of boxing and the tradecraft of survival in a world pre-disposed to pulverise individualism.
The Catholic priest there knows only that Frankie is estranged from his daughter; she returns all his letters unopened. Witnessing all this, Frankie recognizes something in Maggie, and they bond in a way much deeper than trainer and boxer. Maggie works days as a waitress and in the late afternoons and evenings works out at the gym.
She finally begins to move in the ring with more ease and develops an aggressive series of punches in bunches. In the final segments of Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood explores the redemptive power of love which happens when a person sets aside self-interest and serves another without regard for the consequences.
Although both Girlfight and Against the Ropes have also dealt with boxing, this gritty film will speak to followers of the sport with its telling details of what goes on inside and outside the ring. Eastwood the actor is in fine form - a commanding if increasingly weather-beaten presence - as gym owner Frankie Dunn.
He is an artist who is confident and experienced enough to have a deep faith in the audience that he is trying to reach. She wins twelve fights in a row, knocking out most of her opponents in the first round.
Like Dunn, Maggie has her own ghosts haunting her, and through these ghosts they bond tighter than super glue.
For once such honey-tongued critical adulation is fully merited.
Maggie, like Frankie, is haunted by family problems. There is a grey area between the light and the dark where something approaching truth lies waiting, and this is where Eastwood takes us, then leaves us there to ponder.
I can think of nobody acting in film today who can embody kindness and wisdom through friendship and support better than Freeman. He watches Willie win the championship using all the skills he taught him. He wants nothing to do with women boxers and the freak show atmosphere that surrounds their matches.
Maggie has trouble with that one and has to learn better concentration.
It fits like a glove. Rule number one is to protect yourself at all times. This added value comes through the voice-over narration provided by Scraps.
That may seem an easy, simplistic, and over-reaching comparison, but the parallels are deep, obvious and myriad. Eventually, he takes her to England, where the crowds are soon chanting her Gaelic nickname.
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris Morgan Freeman has been working for a long time at the gym and knows that his boss carries many burdens. Fighting is "the only thing I ever felt good doing. After a match nearby, she suggests that they go visit her mother Margo Martindalewho lives in a trailer.
She works as a waitress to make ends meet or at least the ends are almost touchingbut spends all her spare time training. Cinematographer Tom Stern crafts characters in shadow, shifting in and out of light.
At the gym, Scraps is looking after Danger Barch Jay Baruchela rube from the South who thinks that he can defeat Tommy Hearns, not knowing that the fighter retired years ago. Sign in to vote.
Yet this in no way diminishes her accomplishment. The heart and work incalculably huge amounts that Swank put into becoming Maggie are unnoticeable.Critics Consensus: Clint Eastwood's assured direction - combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman - help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the 90%().
Flawlessly written, acted and directed, MILLION DOLLAR BABY is being hymned and wreathed by the critics as the best film of They're absolutely right. "An old master's new masterpiece," the NEW YORK TIMES said in a review that was more of an open love letter to Eastwood. Dec 15, · Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" is the best movie released by a major Hollywood studio this year, and not because it is the grandest, the most.
Million Dollar Baby [Blu-ray] Clint Eastwood (Actor, Director, Producer), Hilary Swank (Actor) Rated: Suitable for 12 years and over Format: Blu-ray out of 5 stars customer reviews/5. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Million Dollar Baby () Can there be a more beautiful film than "Million Dollar Baby"?!
Very inspirational, very moving and an excellent rendition of the art of acting and directing. Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood are always in great films but it is time to give women some.
More about Million Dollar Baby. Million Dollar Baby Cert 12A Peter Bradshaw Friday 14 January The Guardian. But towards the very end of Clint Eastwood's new film there is not a twist.Download