Million Dollar Baby

Viewed – 14 March 2009  Blu-ray

I wanted to see this around the time it won all the Oscars, but for one reason or another just didn’t.  It was always on my to-do list though, and having loved Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood’s most recent effort, the timing couldn’t be better.

Hilary Swank plays a troubled woman who turns to boxing as a escape from a crappy life where her family don’t give a damn about her.  Turning to ageing trainer Clint Eastwood, she eventually persuades him to help her become a boxer, despite his better judgement.  Soon enough though she’s in the ring and bringing in the money and making a helluva name for herself. 

Like Gran Torino, Clint plays an old fashioned, set in his ways man who finds a new lease of life through this woman, and it’s a heart-warming feel good film with some great fights in the ring made all the more powerful with a female fighter getting herself hurt just to prove herself.  Morgan Freeman lends support but I didn’t see anything to warrant his Oscar nod over Eastwood who is truly mesmerising throughout, and I thought Hilary Swank was very deserving of her Oscar, her performance both charming and heart breaking – possibly her finest role to date.  It also is very maturely written and doesn’t give you all the answers, leaving me with plenty to think and talk about post-credits. 

To put it simply, this is essential.

Verdict:  5 /5

1 thought on “Million Dollar Baby

  1. I thought this was a really good flick. I have yet to see it in blu-ray format, ill have to definetely find a way to see it in high def now. Give me an excuse to watch it again 🙂 Great post!


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