Million Dollar Baby (2004)- A Quick Capsule Review

Million Dollar Baby (2004)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Million Dollar Baby is a great boxing film with a brutal ending that I honestly didn’t see coming.  I have no idea why it’s taken me fifteen years to see Eastwood’s Oscar winning sports film, but seeing it devoid of hype all these years later allowed me to really settle in and enjoy what is a really good film. Eastwood is excellent as the gravelly trainer and Swank really convinces as the from the streets Boxer come good.  If the pay of hurts, it’s became you really bye into the characters.  I probably could have lost the Freeman narration (a  little too Shawshank) but overall this one really does deserve the plaudits.

Best Bit: The title fight

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Rocky, The Fighter, When We Were Kings

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Sports Underdog Films

Phil’s Top 5… Sports Underdog Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Sports Underdog Films!

 

Close but no cigar: Kingpin, Tin Cup, Million Dollar Baby, Rocky Balboa, Moneyball

 

5 – Bloodsport
Yeah so Dux maybe a martial arts expert, but chased by the military, entering a no hold barred tournament never won by a Westerner  before, the odds are firmly stacked against him.  Love Bloodsport.

 

4 – Cool Runnings
A true (ish) story, Cool Runnings is one of the most unbelievable stories ever told.  Featuring a great cast (including the late John Candy) it’s a heart warming tale.

 

3 – Major League
Cheesy for sure.  But when Wild Thing kicks in, there’s not one person watching the film that doesn’t feel their heart pounding.  Charlie Sheen’s never been better.

 

2 – Rocky
THE sports underdog film, still rating up there as one of the greatest films of it’s time.  An Oscar winner with a career defining performance at it’s core… few top it.

 

1 – The Karate Kid
For me, even more so that Rocky, The Karate Kid is the quintessential sports underdog film.  Greta montages, cheesy music and Elisabeth Shue.  Say no more.