Million Dollar Baby Movie Review
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Directed by Clint Eastwood
“Frankie Dunn” - Clint Eastwood
“Maggie Fitzgerald” - Hilary Swank
“Eddie Scrap” - Morgan Freeman
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.
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