Million Dollar Baby

Tonight: Million Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood. In 2005, this picture one four Academy Awards and two Golden Globes.

Hilary Swank earns her second Best Actress Oscar playing Margaret "Maggie" Fitzgerald, a waitress with aspirations as a boxer. She meets up with Frank Dunn, an aging gym owner and trainer (played magnificently by Clint Eastwood), who refuses to take her on as a fighter. She insists on working out trainerless at the gym every day until Dunn's assistant manager, Eddie Dupris (Morgan Freeman), gives her a few pointers. She starts to improve her skills to the point that Frank agrees to take her under her wing and train her to be an extraordinary boxer.

All of the characters are beautifully flawed and magnificently acted in this unforgettable feature. Each person in the story has almost insurmountable challenges — whether it's the estrangement from family, the history of having taken the big shot, or the gigantic hurdle of the protagonist's gender. The look and sound of the picture is beautiful throughout. The script is unbelievable and this movie deserved every award for which it was nominated. The tension of striving and loss are palpable and the film comes to its conclusion bringing its audience through the full range of human emotion. Clint Eastwood has, once again, proven the mastery of his craft with this virtuosic masterpiece.

My grade: A+.

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