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  • 9 years ago
    • dopey
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    I couldn't find a thread on this movie...so sorry if another one already exists!!

    Has anyone seen this film? I saw it in the movie theatre yesterday. It rocked! Great performances from Swank, Eastwood and Freeman...the ending caught me by surprise. I have to say that this was the best movie I've seen in a while!
  • 9 years ago
  • I already posted this under Movies You Watched This Week, but no one ever reads that, so I'll post it here. And nope your good no other threads with this as the topic. :thumright

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    Million Dollar Baby

    This is a great movie. Everything was done almost without flaw. I'm sure there were some, but I didn't notice. It was a gorgeous film and it truely is the diamond on Clint Eastwood's crown. I recommend this movie to anyone. 4.5/5 :
  • 9 years ago
  • I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but I really want to.
  • 9 years ago
  • I liked it a lot, but plot-wise, there wasn't much original about it.
  • 9 years ago
  • I liked it a lot, but plot-wise, there wasn't much original about it.

    How is it unoriginal?
  • 9 years ago
  • Great film - Eastwood's best directorial film bar Unforgiven - Freeman as usual superb and great photography -the fight scenes are closer to reality than any other boxing film and infairness to Swank,she can damn well act - This bags Clint Best Director ahead of Marty
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  • 9 years ago
    • dopey
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    I haven't seen many boxing movies before, but I thought it was pretty original...what movies did it remind you of?

    I was reading an interview with Hilary Swank and she was saying that she gained 30 lbs of muscle...that's dedication!!

    I thought the performances were great. My only criticism would be that Clint Eastwood always seems to play those types of roles.
  • 9 years ago
    • bret
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    I didnt really view this as a boxing movie, thought it was more just to set up the meaning of clint regaining his faith and accepting hilary as a daughter. But I really loved this movie, just nothing else to say, great movie
  • 9 years ago
  • This movie was friggin AWFUL. Of course it was unooriiginal thats because it was made 24 years ago. It was called Who&#194&#180s life is it Anyway with Richard Dreyfuss. Instead of a male sculpter we have a female boxer.

    The Boxing scene were entertaining but not spectacular and the circ*mstances of her injury were completely llaughable. If a fighter had a reputation for being a blatant cheapshot artist then the Ref and the boxing commishion would be all over it in a championship fight ESPECIALLY when they other fighter is the Draw as was the case. And a when the ref interveins after one fighter is clobbering the other he will stay with the beaten fighter to either see if her/she can continue or if he has stopped it he will accompany the beaten fighter to the corner till the ring doctor can see him. What did the ref do while this was supposedly happening? Get some Coffee? Just plain rubbish. And the falling on the stool part was either done for siimply shock value or just lazy righting as their are other things in Boxing such as blood clots that can be just as diebilitating. Sorry but this movie is just a transparent attempt at mellodrama for oscars sake. I can believe the sheeple eating this movie up but for the critics to blatantly kiss Eastwoods butt is just laughable.

    So in other words, because you find the plot unbelievable and a movie with basically the same idea as another movie you disregard it as a good movie. Also just, because there are other possible ways to write it makes it lazy writing?? Maybe the writer had a reason for doing the stool scene, because of personal experience with something like that. Either way you're review just mostly nags at the fact that the movie wasn't realistic enough for you and to base a veiw on a movie soley based on that is just about the dumbest thing I've heard in a while.
  • 9 years ago
  • That screen name of yours is a lazy unoriginal piece of lazy writing.

    :lol:
  • 9 years ago
  • Not that the movie was the same idea exactly as another movie but that the previous movie fleshed out the topic better delt with the moral issues better and didn&#194&#180t have to use a gimick like female boxing to cover for the "Surprise twist". Infact it didn&#194&#180t need a twist at all to get you to invest in the character.
    How may plot points were left unwrapped up? Why did she become a boxer? Why did Clint and his daughter become estranged? Why did he write the Letters? Why did he go to church everyday seemingly to only harrass the minister? Why was he infatuated with galiec? Why did she go to him to train her?
    Most of the questions have answers. For some of them you might have to look past the obvious to get the answer and some they said it out. So obviously you weren't paying enough attentiont he movie. Why did she become a boxer? Because she simply had a passion for boxing and she felt it was something she would be good at since she was tough. Why did he write the Letters? He wrote them because he missed her and it was his way of grieving. Why did he go to church everyday seemingly to only harrass the minister? 2 reasons he had lost his faith or was simply struggling with it and trying to poke fun at it's stupidity because God had let him down. Also because he couldn't forgive himself to obviously something he had done to his daughter. Why did she go to him to train her? Because she heard he was the best. The other 2 I do not know the answer too, but not every damn question has an answer nor does it have to for it to be a good movie.

    And the fact that the Boxing and the incident in which the whole story turns is completely unrealistic is a completely rational reason to not like a movie. That whole cheap shot stool thing was right out of Rocky 4. If you want to buy into it fine but dont castigate me for wanting realiisum in a 'socalled' drama And ever hear of something called suspending disbelief. Its when the writer tells a good enough story that the audience doesnt notice or is willing to believe things like poorly exxecuted plot twists. Iits a major part of film making and if a film cant achive it you lose the whole flow of the movie.
    I'm sorry but your the first person I've heard say that the flow of the movie was lost. So feel special because your the first. Im sawry not every1 is as edjumacated as u r. :roll:

    And how the ludicusly heavy handed foreshadowing of the first hour? If you were not aware that some horrific tragedy was going to happen in the build up to the final fight then you were probably asleep and by the time she started talking about her Dog Axel the whole thing became almost crystal clear. It was really just a poorly executed plot with typical woe is the heroien mellodrama and just dusted off a contravercial topic dejure to wrap it all up in a nice little package. After the whole leg amputation busniess i was about ready to laugh at how hard they were trying to make you feel bad. Maybe they should have went for the Old Yeller Ending and had clint take her out back and "put her down"? This movie was just a ppateticly trasparent Hollywood bigshot oscar grap. The only thing that was missing was for Eastwood and Swank to beg for oscar nominations during the credits.
    You just contradicted yourself and called this movie a drama.... :roll: That kinda blows this arguement out of the water right here.
  • 9 years ago
  • He didnt like the movie, big deal.

    Not everyone did.
  • 9 years ago
  • I really don't care. I just thought his screen name was funny.
  • 9 years ago
  • In response to the originality comment. You would be hard pressed to find a modern movie that hasn't been based on or at least modeled after another movie, book, comic, childrens book, cartoon, current or past event. Please define the word originality. This needs to be answered and agreed upon before judgements about a movie can be based on this word.
  • 9 years ago
    • bret
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    just like every other movie crit, your view doesnt matter. some like it some dont. but it seems a majority did, it just won best motion picture. and i agree (with it winning best picture). but hey, its called taste, everyone has a different one. no need to argue over it
  • 9 years ago
  • Funny how he goes to ESPN for movie reviews.
  • 9 years ago
  • no need to argue over it

    I think of it more as disscusing and that is the purpose of this forum. To discuss movies. I like how some people hate movies others love. Its more interesting that way.
  • 9 years ago
  • Awww... someone's a sore woooser. :lol:

    Well fortunately for you, you don't have to hear about it anymore; it's over.
  • 9 years ago
    • bret
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    Hmm lets see people who understand boxing dont have opinions that matter in a discussion about a So called Boxing Movie? And Im not a critic, If i was id just bow down to Eastwood et all so they would give me an interview when the swing into town. Im sorry your not perceptive enough to see the inherent flaws but hey not everyone can be as smart as me ; )

    Bret if the Oscars were based on merit you might have an argument. But since its basicly a Hollywood asskissiing fest Its about as valid as Dog shows and Figure Skating in terms of awards. Sideways should have one hands down but the guy from Ned and Stacy has a little less pull than Clint Morgan and Hilary.
    I agree with you that the oscars is a big ass kiss fest, i didnt even watch the whole program because of it. But i genuinly liked millon dollar baby. i dont watch boxing either. I cant sugarcoat it, i liked the movie. I respect your view because u seem to know what your talking about.
  • 9 years ago
  • You've just been accepted into the forums.