2014-12-31 11:37
What's it about:

The dark and fascinating true story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.

What we thought:

Imagine standing at a window. A pane of glass separating you from the outside world. In your view a misty field surrounded by ominous trees scattered in a circle around it. A horse runs across the field appearing from out the mist. Throwing back its head you can see it sputter.

But you hear nothing except for your own breathing. The warmth escaping from your mouth slowly spreads across the cold glass as you stare motionless at the scene unfolding outside. Your mind drifts from the horse to your consciousness where only your most private thoughts are stacked waiting to be rediscovered. You breathe in. The horse gallops. You breathe out. The horse flips its head into the air. You breathe in.

The scene as I described is my mediocre attempt at accurately depicting what you experience while watching the film Foxcatcher. The same solace you find in mindlessly staring out the window comes wrapped up as a cinematic gift in The Foxcatcher.

Never before have I seen such a testosterone driven theme presented with such finesse and detail without sacrificing its manliness.

The film focuses on the greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joining Team Foxcatcher lead by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.

Du Pondt is nothing but a rich mama’s boy spoiled to such a level that he thinks he can have whatever he wants.

Having had no previous knowledge of the true events I found myself questioning the purpose of the film halfway through. Why a movie about this? Where’s the story here? My answer unexpectedly came moments later in an abrupt twist that looking back was clearly an underlying theme running throughout.

Steve Carrell has been receiving a lot of buzz surrounding his performance, but it was Channing Tatum who for me stole the show. His raw portrayal saw him stripped bare while delivering a spot-on performance that will surely earn him many accolades in the upcoming award season.

The film is not without its flaws however. Carrell’s prosthetic nose becomes such a distraction that it almost turns comical. At times it looks like he struggles to see past it. Although beautifully filmed some scenes feel unnecessary long while others, where character development is taking place, feel rushed.

All in all a beautifully put together piece of cinema that is well worth the watch.

Stefano 2015/01/01 09:40
Great acting but ultimate a very boring movie. 3 Generations of us watched this together and at the end we all thought the same - boring!! I take nothing away from the actors or the director, but the pace of the movie would put grownups to sleep. Sorry....
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