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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Bleed For This – A Quick Capsule Review

Bleed For This – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Bleed for This is flawed for sure, much like it’s protagonist.  But, much like it’s protagonist, Bleed for this is also worth giving a chance to.  This true life story of a boxer coming back from career ending injury offers nothing you haven’t seen before but the cast is great and Miles Teller once again stands out. Eckhart offers excellent support and director Ben Younger finally once again lives up to the promise of 2000’s Boiler Room.  Well worth a watch

Best Bit: Training Montage! 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Rocky Balboa, The Fighter, Boiler Room

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Author: Phil Hobden