Million Dollar Baby Movie Review



Directed by Clint Eastwood

Main Cast:

“Frankie Dunn” - Clint Eastwood

“Maggie Fitzgerald” - Hilary Swank

“Eddie Scrap” - Morgan Freeman

Rated PG-13

Note: This review may contain some spoilers…


I sat in my room, as I returned from nursing-like courses, and instead of studying like I should... I did what I usually when I'm home and that's pop in a movie for my vast DVD collection. And this time around, I popped in Million Dollar Baby.

Why? Well, I have a dream as well and it is to be a successful filmmaker one day, but it doesn't seem attainable for some reason... and so, I popped in a great movie about attaining a dream. Yep.

Million Dollar Baby unquestionably has it all: drama, wittiness, misfortune, love, dysfunctional families, loyalty, violence, and action. At first, Million Dollar Baby seemed like it was just a boxing movie, but it was still really well done. At the end of the second act, suddenly, it turned into a completely different movie that compels your interest even more. This is definitely one of Clint Eastwood's best-directed films (Unforgiven is still the best).

Clint Eastwood plays boxing trainer and gym owner “Frankie.” He tries to be tough with his boxers, but he's really a softy at heart. His loyalty is taken advantage of by one his boxer he trained until now. Hilary Swank plays as "Maggie', a really poor Missouri waitress with a long-shot dream. The pacing of the film is unhurried, as it's developing the bond of Frankie and Maggie that brings the audience in and makes them a part of this burning desire to do the one thing you believe you can do, and do it before it's too late. And that's a fear we will have, I think.

At the end of the movie, I truthfully cried some years ago when I first saw it in theaters and I proudly applaud the movie. The movie is incredibly moving with emotion and is very realistic to life. The ending of this film fits perfectly, in my opinion. The choice at the end that Frankie makes wasn’t an easy one at all. He was struggling with it all the way. Maggie and Frankie became a lot closer than father and daughter. All she wanted was to be someone and she was, but then it was all taken away from her at the end.

In the end, she couldn’t do that any more. And their bond excelled to the point where Frankie would do anything for Maggie, even something he thinks is utterly wrong. I won’t spoil it for you, though. I can honestly say that the movie will move you. Definitely deserved the accolades it got at the Academy Awards. If you haven't seen it, WATCH IT. I should probably go study or something... oh, and do give me a "Vote Up" if you found this hub useful or cool. Thank you so much. The Jet signing out.


As an indie filmmaker, I also made a boxing film! Check it.

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Tweetmom 5 years ago from Newark

Cool review. I have watched this movie like ten times. I love Hilary Swank. Her acting, her determination and her body. Really a nice movie and a great hub as well :)

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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod

As a would-be student of the game, I enjoyed the film but not the ending. As she was going down for the final count, I wanted her to fight on and not yield. My new favorite fight film is "The Fighter", the Micky Ward story. One hundred per cent reality. Gritty, funny and dramatic.

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The Jet 5 years ago from The Bay Author

The Fighter was pretty good, but I think Christian Bale's performance made it even better. My favorite boxing film would either be Raging Bull or Cinderella Man.

@ Tweetmom

Thanks much. :) And, yes, Hilary Swank was quite awesome. She seemed completely genuine as Maggie throughout.

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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I never saw it, but thanks for sharing.

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The Jet 5 years ago from The Bay Author

No problemo.

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Max_Power 5 years ago from Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Hey Jet,

Great movie choice! I agree it was an excellent film, and very moving. I also agree with you regarding Unforgiven - it is one of my favourite movies. Great ending!

I am a big fan of Mark Wahlberg, so am looking forward to seeing the fighter. Cinderella man was also a good one.

Hang in there with your dream of being a successful film-maker. The people who keep on persisting, even when it feels like nothing is happening, are the one's who make it.

Best of luck!

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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

I love this movie, you've given the Million Dollar Baby a great movie review. Reminds me I want to watch it again. :) Katie

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The Jet 5 years ago from The Bay Author

@ katiem2

Thank you for that. And I'm glad you wanna watch it again. Haha. :)

@ Max_Power

First off... awesome name. Haha. The ending of Unforgiven was a barn burner. Man, nothing like a good Western. Clint Eastwood should make another Western -- definitely. It's been too long since Unforgiven...

Mark Wahlberg gave a very quiet performance in The Fighter. You could feel his angst and desire. His acting was great in this one. I'm 50/50 on Wahlberg, honestly. He can give amazing performances at times, like in The Departed... and then we have The Happening... hmm...

True on the statement of persistence! It is the key. Never give up. Thanks for that encouragement, it is appreciated. Peace.

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Ingenira 5 years ago

Interesting review. I must get a hold of this movie and watch it ! Thank you !

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The Jet 5 years ago from The Bay Author

Thank you for reading it. I hope you enjoy it when you watch it!

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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Great review, but I have to say I think Gran Torino is my favorite Clint Eastwood movie. :0) Great hub.

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The Jet 5 years ago from The Bay Author

Gran Torino was very moving and funny -- and I loved the meaning of the ending. Clint Eastwood is a master story teller. Thanks for reading. :)

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