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MOVIE REVIEWS

Million Dollar Baby

by Michael Handorf
Handorf@comcast.net

Clint Eastwood. Hilary Swank. Drama.

Synopsis: A boxing trainer with a lot of baggage reluctantly agrees to train a female amateur.

Review: This is an excellent movie, and the bar has already been set relatively high in 2005 with this Eastwood entry.

Frankie Dunn (Eastwood) is a former boxer who is training/managing another promising boxer until the fighter changes managers. Changing managers must be a common occurrence in the boxing world, because the issue of changing one’s manager issue seems to be a plot point in 75% of all the boxing movies I've ever seen.

But Frankie is OK, because he owns a run-down gym. So he figures he'll just forget about training fighters and just focus on the gym. Until Margaret Fitzgerald (Swank) shows up. Maggie is a 31-year old woman who wants Frankie to train her. He won't, of course, but not because he's retired. Frankie "doesn't train girls."

And Frankie doesn't want anyone encouraging Maggie, but his assistant/janitor ‘Scrap-Iron’ Dupris (Morgan Freeman) gives Maggie some pointers and lets her practice after the gym is closed. But it's a movie, so Frankie eventually gives in and Maggie becomes quite an accomplished boxer under Frankie's tutelage.

It would be wrong of me to divulge anything more about the plot. The acting from the three primary actors is excellent. The boxing sequences seem realistic; the venues are small and not nearly as glossy as those presented in most boxing films.

But this really isn't a boxing film as much as it's a film about two people struggling with their feelings of detachment from their families. It's about boxing on the surface level, but it's really about so much more. And it's depressing.

This film doesn't end with anyone standing on the steps of a Philadelphia landmark or with a standing ovation in Moscow. In conclusion, I believe that unless you require that every obstacle be overcome, every hazard be sidestepped, I think you'll really enjoy this movie.

OVERALL GRADE: A-

 

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