Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood at a critical moment

I saw this movie tonight because I heard it was powerful.

And it was that, but I always add on the requirement: is it something I need to see in a theater? I’m not sure this is one of those movies. No, I’m pretty sure it’s not.

It’s plain, with a directorial style that seems like it wasn’t overwrought with countless takes. But less is not always more, and there were all these little bits about Eastwood’s character that didn’t flush out.

I can see why he made this film though—there are some great messages buried within the dark muddling. It just took a while to get them out.

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2 comments

  1. I didn’t think I’d like “MDB”… but the storytelling endeared the characters to me.
    Whether you had to see it in a theater or not, no, you didn’t. MDB’s impact isn’t in presence or large scale presentation. The narration by Morgan Freeman made it feel like “Shawshank Redemption”. I’m not a big fan of Clint, but his simple performance and his little quirks drew me to him.

  2. I finally saw the movie last night. It had me emotionally hooked from the very beginning. It’s a tear-jerker but, I really loved the movie. The many questions that never were addressed by the end of the movie had me, have me, thinking about the possibilities of life’s options. I mean, our choices at various stages in life can really be some meaningful, even if we don’t realize it at the time. My friend that I attended the movie with said most people get over their feelings of wanting to die after an accident of that sort in about 2 months. I suspect he knows what he’s talking about since he’s a trained psychologist.

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