February 21, 2005

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby is the third of this year’s nominees for the Best Picture Oscar that I have seen. That it received a nomination is no surprise. It is a classic, all-American story of hard work, sacrifice, bonding and redemption.

Of course it is also very predictable, and told in a style that feels the need to explain close to every plot turn in deep detail. The script could have benefited from a bit of tightening. And I don’t think that Eastwood’s use of the camera is as interesting as Marc Forster’s in Finding Neverland, to say nothing of Michel Gondry’s in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But of course in certain ways these flaws contribute to it being so American.

But flawed or not, it’s a very good film, and Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman turn in solid performances. And, of course, Hilary Swank is terrific.

Posted by armand at February 21, 2005 09:37 AM | TrackBack | Posted to Movies

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