Million Dollar Baby Movie Review - Common Sense Media.
In Million Dollar Baby, his disappointment goes beyond movies. The film says America itself is going to the dogs. It features a series of mean-spirited spongers, cheats and ne'er-do-wells. When a.
Million Dollar Baby Movie Review. originally posted many years ago. On the Surface, Million Dollar Baby looks like just another boxing movie. A film that looks to be all about a rags to riches female version of Rocky that looks show one person's rise to victory after overcoming great odds. Yet Clint Eastwood's newest movie does anything but, creating a tale of tragedy and a story about what.
Million Dollar Baby is exactly the kind of movie I’d want to discuss in an ethics class. The critical issues are enfleshed in the lives of wounded characters who live in a violent world. In an entertainment industry in which ultra-violent movies, television shows, and video games come and go with scarcely any notice, Clint Eastwood has the courage to make a movie that actually touches people.
The fact that Million Dollar Baby will probably exceed his expectation, (as Eastwood's last film Mystic River did, as well) and not only become a critical favorite but also a likely make a reasonable dent in the box office, is a reason for fans of quality cinema to feel heartened. Eastwood's directing style is rather like his acting -- quiet, restrained, measured and capable of delivering.
The best decision made by director Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby is to allow Clint Eastwood the performer to drop his screen persona and actually act. As the weathered boxing trainer Frankie Dunn, Eastwood does not seem larger than life, he seems beaten down by it. His banter with Morgan Freeman, as a boxer he used to train, occasionally plays like a brilliantly written Seinfeld.
Having mentioned the single flaw that struck me about Million Dollar Baby, I will conclude this review with a short list of reasons why this movie deserves all of its Academy Awards and more. First, the acting of Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank and Morgan Freeman is totally convincing. Second, this is a great story, well told. Third, it deals with universal themes that are not only of the moment.
Million Dollar Baby was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four: Best Picture, Best Director for Eastwood, Best Actress for Hilary Swank, and Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman. It also snagged three of the five Golden Globes for which it was nominated, went two for three in Screen Actors Guild Awards, and was named Movie of the Year by the American Film Institute ( source ).