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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Director:
Clint Eastwood
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Sports
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Million Dollar Baby
RUNNING TIME
150 minutes
Producer:
Clint Eastwood
Screenwriter:
Paul Haggis


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Frankie Dunn Clint Eastwood ½
Maggie Fitzgerald Hilary Swank ½
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris Morgan Freeman
Danger Barch Jay Baruchel
Big Willie Little Mike Colter ½
Father Horvak Brian O'Byrne

 

Review

Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning film disconcertingly shifts between being banal and clichéd and truly poignant and dramatically powerful. It is a film packed with interesting aspects, directed wonderfully by Eastwood with a remarkable sense of pacing that lets the viewer get under the characters skin and lets him feel the joy and pain they experience. This enhances Eastwood's performance (which starts off as flat and unnuanced as he's ever been) and in the film's final third, he and a through-out magnificent Hilary Swank share many fine moments. Unfortunately, in order to get there, television screenwriter Paul Haggis takes us through a bundle of dreary dialogue and some very one-dimensional characterizations. The Danger-character being the worst example (terribly over-played by Jay Baruchel) and Maggie's mother and brother being close seconds. Eastwood has many fine touches and portrays the boxing business truly and respectfully, but the film is too often too idealistic and romantic; the characters here undergo such important changes and learn so much existential when they should that their initial plainness and simplicity seem a bit contrived. There was a time when people thought most problems could be fixed by adding Morgen Freeman as a narrator, but his sleepwalking unfortunately lacks any form of vigor.

Copyright © 14.3.2005 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]