Million Dollar Baby Review

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“I Bought Million Dollar Baby from Woolworths Channel...”

Written on: 05/07/2005 by AWG (48 reviews written)

Good Points
Hilary Swank's performance is excellent.

Bad Points
Tired, weary, dark, lack lustre movie.

General Comments
I Bought Million Dollar Baby from Woolworths Channel Islands mail order. Expected a lot better. Have been a Clint Eastwood watcher for many, many years, through the 60s/70s/80s/90s. Never really knew whether he was a truly great actor or not until "Unforgiven". From then on I classed him as such. A bit like John Wayne until you saw "The Searchers" - then you realised the true greatness.



The dark DVD cover does not even look like Eastwood, and sorry, Sunday Times but it's certainly not "one in a million". Morgan Freeman plays a character that is solid, but could have been exploited to far greater effect. Clint is almost a poor copy of Burgess Meredith's stunning performance alongside Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky". We all have to grow old, and Clint should have faced up to the fact that his image is not now strong enough to play a 'leading man'. His physique is superb, but his acting is masked by the face of an elderly gent who has spent far too long outdoors in the Sunshine States.



Hilary Swank is a wonderful actress in a business that is currently bursting with wonderful actresses, so this could be the high point for her (I hope not). Maggie Fitzgerald is a totally convincing character that if you could reach out to her you'd buy her everything she needed for her boxing ambitions. The ending is tragic and steals away everything you as the viewer hoped for Maggie. The final ending is an ill conceived plot that Eastwood forced himself into. Add to this what sounds like the same guitarist in the background as "Unforgiven" (playing a very similar melody) and also the same screen title Company and you realise, casting all loyalties and emotions aside, that this movie certainly was not worthy of it's industry achievements.

  • Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman

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The Daddy's Response to AWG's Review

Written on: 14/11/2006

I agree with this review 110%! I struggled with this film and thought it was well over hyped although I did find it watchable but certainly not Oscar-worthy. I also agree entirely with your points regarding Unforgiven - if you want to see Clint and Morgan Freeman in a truly great movie then that is the one to watch.

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