Well, since it says “SPOILERS” in the title, I’m not boxing anything. It makes for such a difficult thread to read.
Anyway, saw it, liked it.
Morgan Freeman was great. Real simple performance, he created a character without any kind of “caricature” in a role where others would have done it.
While I really believed the characters, and loved the acting and writing, I suppose I didn’t really didn’t get a lump in my throat over Maggie because the movie was somewhat manipulative.
What gets me is that a movie like this is as subversive of the church as anything I’ve ever seen and there’s no big uproar over it. The church couldn’t have possibly been presented as more neutered an ineffective, stuck on its own dogma with no place in modern society at all(*). Not just in terms of the Maggie decision, but Clint’s life as a whole. Just like Clint, though, to do it completely understated, slip it in under the radar.
Sure, Clint withdrew, but you still got the feeling he and Maggie were much more at peace than if she had stayed alive. He really couldn’t go back to boxing again, but I thought that was also a case of he just didn’t know how to make decisions, and he was old. It wasn’t just because of his Maggie decision. The fighter he “protects” becomes Champ. The fighter he gets the shot for gets paralyzed. He can’t win.
Also, a great boxing movie. The gym was a chracter itself. I thought “Danger” was a little overdone, but that would be my only complaint. The other characters around the edges were really well done. Fight scenes are tough to do. Non fight fans don’t really want to see “real” boxing and fight fans know that what they like about boxing can’t be captured by actors on film. But these were good. They got right to the point, raced through the progression, and looked more realistic than most. You still had the “every punch is a powerhouse” syndrome though.
Lots of great details in this too. . .having the family show up at the hospital in Disney clothes was such a perfect touch.
Great direction. Great acting. Great movie.
(*) My opinion of the film’s view, not necessarily my opinion.