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Million Dollar Baby

Title: Million Dollar Baby
Directed by:
Clint Eastwood
Written by:
F X Toole, Paul Haggis
Year: 2004

To begin with, Million Dollar Baby might be the worst title in the entire history of film making. Not only is it horrible in itself in that I can think of no other title which makes me less enticed to watch the actual film, but it also lacks any kind of bearing to what the film is about. On the other hand, to describe what the film actually is about is more tricky, because Million Dollar Baby feels like two films made into one. The first half is a success story about a female boxer who, against all odds, is able to fight her way to recognition and fame. The other half is… different. The other part is pure drama.

After watching the first half, I was totally clueless about why people liked this film. It felt a little bit like Rocky and that would not give it four Academy Awards. I would probably have given it one snail or something, had the film ended halfway. Of course, it does not, and the latter half is definitely more interesting than the first. It is more of a drama concerning the relationship between the female boxer mentioned above and her coach. Initially, he refuses to train her because she is a girl, but she wins him over quite early in the film.

Conclusively, I am very confused. The first half is a lousy film that has absolutely nothing to offer me. The second half is much more interesting and would merit quite a number of snails. The problem is that these halves I am talking about are actually chronological halves in that the drama part succeeds the boxing part. If these would have been intertwined, perhaps the film would have been better. Now it feels like two film that really do not belong together. Still, I have to put one grade for both the entire film and it has to be pretty low, say two and a half snails.

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