Million Dollar Baby
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||Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank,
||Please leave them
||It's good for the
both of you.
jumping rope in a sports bra.
||It's a boxing
||A good chuckle or
||The bitten tongue
Albert S. Ruddy, Tom Rosenberg and Paul Haggis
There is a lot of controversy circling about "Million
Dollar Baby," but itís not because no one thinks this isnít
a great movie, and itís not even some problems with the
boxing, itís about some of the choices made in the movie,
but as I see it, this isnít really a movie about boxing,
this is really a movie about choices, and choices are always
controversial especially when emotions are involved, and
someone will always disagree. What it does do is open up
dialogue, and as long as you respect each otherís opinions,
dialogue isnít such a bad thing. Enough about controversy,
hereís the basics on the movie.
Million Dollar Baby
A Movie Review
Maggie (Hilary Swank) comes from a trailer park and is a
waitress. Frankie (Clint Eastwood) is a boxing trainer with
a past that doesnít let him get his star boxer to the next
level. Scrap (Morgan Freeman) manages Frankieís gym, and is
always there for some advice that Frankie usually doesnít
want to hear. As it turns out, Maggie is a scrappy womanís
fighter who sets her sights on having Frankie train her,
because, well, she considers him the best. Meanwhile,
Frankie is having trouble letting his star boxer get to the
dream of a title match, possibly because of things Frankie
has done in his past rather than the dudeís ability.
Maggieís first meeting with Frankie doesnít go to well for
her, as pretty much Frankie tells her point blank he doesnít
train girls, let alone girls who are too old to have a
chance to be a boxing star. But Maggie doesnít back down.
She scraped up enough money to become a member at Frankieís
gym, where Frankie still ignores her, but Scrap sees a fire
in Maggie that he knows Frankie needs (no, not that kind of
fire, more a father/daughter fire), so he starts giving
Maggie a tip or two.
As things have it, Maggieís persistence, and Frankie
realizing she is just getting used by her new manager, pays
off, and Frankie takes the task of training Maggie, and
Maggie kicks a lot of ass. Another choice made, and this one
eventually leads to a title shot for Maggie and more choices
to be made. And thatís all Iím going to tell you about the
movie because any more and youíll hate me.
I really loved this movie, even though I have heard some
complaints. Some complaints have to do with the boxing
itself, that things arenít that realistic (Michael Buffer on
Howard Stern complained about the boxing scenes and that
Frankie uses a dry sponge to pat down Maggie in the corner,
because, if you ever watch a boxing match, isnít that sponge
dripping wet? And Buzz Kilman on The Steve Dahl Show (in
Chicago) complained about the outcome of the title fight,
that the wrong decision was given, and most everyone else
agreed.) but that didnít bother me that much because pretty
much Maggie just kept kicking everyoneís ass. The other
complaints have to do with the ending, which, for me, was
the perfect ending rather than your general Hollywood
Like I opened with, I think this movie is really about
relationships and choices and not so much about boxing.
Maggie made a choice to pursue her boxing career, what she
felt was her only chance to get out of the trailer park and
away from a family that is just a total disgrace to the idea
of family. Scrap makes the choice to keep working for
Frankie, and helping out Maggie so maybe Frankie will start
training her. And Frankie makes that choice to train Maggie
which leads to many other tough choices being made, both as
a trainer/manager, but also more like a father or best
Iíve got to give "Million Dollar Baby" 5 stars out of 5,
although I will say there are a couple of slow spots. Iíve
got no problem with the boxing scenes, Iíve got no problem
with the acting, and I felt the ending was the ending that
needed to be up there on the screen. Thank God Clint
Eastwood didnít cave to some pressure, which Iím guessing
was given to him, to change it.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!