February 20th, 2005


Million Dollar Baby

At some point about a third of the way into Million Dollar Baby, I said, "This is going to win. This is the Best Picture." It has all the ingredients that a Academy Award winning movie needs to have to win the Oscar, but it's also original (of the five nominees, three are based on historical events and real people), epic, well-acted, tightly drawn, filled with memorable quotes...and, most of all, it's surprising. This picture does what very few movies today manage to do: it surprised me. It ended up about a million miles from where I thought it would. Most reviews and articles are not revealing what happens, and neither will I. It's more about love and human interaction than it is about boxing, though.

It starts in a gym in LA. It ends somewhere between nowhere and goodbye.
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