Million Dollar Baby
‘Protect yourself at all times’
There is some sort of trend in movies of women kicking ass or taking over in a man orientated world. This movie is one of them.
Million Dollar Baby is about a young female boxer called Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) who takes over the ‘man’s world’ of boxing and falls as her trainer Frank (Clint Eastwood) is faced with the hard decision of what to do with his champion female boxer as she is left paralyzed.
I watched it in an RE lesson because of its euthanasia theme, and although some people fell asleep (I don’t know why, it’s a decent but long winded movie), I thought it was good but very realistic and not afraid to show the truth yet does not sugarcoat the reality of boxing in the same way which ‘The Railway Man’ does not dilute the horrors of World War II. Million Dollar Baby is basically and more mature version of the Disney channel movie ‘Jump In’.
Clint Eastwood, as a legendary veteran actor and director of the movie itself, was brilliant as Frank, and it would be sad to one day wake up to the news that he has passed away; while Hilary Swank earnt her Oscar as Maggie along with Morgan Freeman, both of whom put potential into the movie which makes it more than an average sport film.
Heartwarming, realistic, emotional, with a brilliant cast to include Jay Baruchel.