Million Dollar Baby

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Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American neo-noir sports drama film directed, co-produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman.

Summary

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional female boxer.

Why It Rocks

  1. It has some of the strongest and most amazing actings you’ll ever see in a movie, especially from Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank, and Morgan Freeman.
  2. Likable, relatable, and interesting characters, like Maggie Fitzgerald and her dream, to become a professional boxer or a comic relief side-character named Danger.
  3. The cinematography is amazing and well-shot.
  4. Clint Eastwood has amazing skills as both an actor and as a director.
  5. The idea of a low-average woman eager to be a professional boxer is very original.
  6. Astonishing story and character development, especially from Frankie Dunn who went from a sexist, stubborn gym owner who doesn’t train girls to a caring and determined trainer and father figure to Maggie.
  7. The brief side plot of Morgan Freeman’s character, Scrap-Iron, trying to help a dimwitted gym member named Danger to fight in the ring at the gym is very memorable.
  8. The writing for this movie is beyond outstanding.
  9. The final act where Maggie has a brain injury and Frankie starts to grow concerned about her is very tear-jerking.
  10. It wouldn’t be a movie with Morgan Freeman in it without some of his great narrating.
  11. The ending where Frankie puts Maggie out of her misery by killing her is very heartbreaking, just as much to the opening Up.

The Only Bad Quality

  1. Maggie’s familyLCW is by far the worst part of the film as they care only about money more than her own health.

Reception

The film received critical acclaim. It holds a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 268 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Clint Eastwood's assured direction - combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman - help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the result is deeply heartfelt and moving." It also has a score of 86 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 39 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".

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