Million Dollar Baby-(2004):"A boxing drama that is not about the sport, but about human relationships."
When I did finally watch "Million Dollar Baby" I was pleasantly surprised, not only did it entertain but also delivered a moving story which I had never expected.
The story focuses on the relationship between two friends: a mentor and a student, father and daughter figures who long for the restoration of family relationships they valued.
We see the highest form of love develop between these two friends – a love that isn’t cheapened with stereotypical Hollywood romance, but that illustrates loyalty, devotion and respect.
The reason being is that "Million Dollar Baby" is a beautifully crafted story not only about boxing but about a boxer, the trainer as well as his life long friend and the relationships that form between the three of them.
What it also shows is that Clint Eastwood knows how to work a movie for maximum impact and when you finish watching "Million Dollar Baby" it leaves you needing a moment to reflect on what you've watched.
At 31 years of age, Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) knows that to reach her dream of becoming a professional boxer is going to take hard work.
But undeterred she approaches Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) in the hope that he will take her under his wing and train her like he does with his male boxers.
Unfortunately for Maggie, Frankie has an old school mentality and not only doesn't believe girls should box but that at 31 she is too old.
His only friend is Scrap (MORGAN FREEMAN)
an ex-boxer who looks after Frankie’s gym with his help she manages to convince Frankie.
Finally won over by Maggie’s determination, Frankie agrees to take her on.
Probably the biggest reason why "Million Dollar Baby" works so well is the performances from its three main stars.
Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman are on top of their game.
Hilary Swank also puts in a faultless performance as Maggie and the Oscar she won for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role was fully justified.
What tops all of this off is the brilliant behind the scenes work from the minimal musical score, the wonderful lighting which gives "Million Dollar Baby" a moodiness and also the camera work which is mostly comes to the boxing.
It won 4 oscars.
1.Best Motion Picture of the Year
2.Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
3.Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
4.Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
So in short "Million Dollar Baby" is an emotional journey which will touch your heart.