Here’s a movie I’ve wanted to see for a while that I recently had the chance to see. Foxcatcher is about a pro wrestler named Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) who does not have exactly the best lifestyle when at home. His life seems to be devoted to preparing for the Olympics. Everyday he trains with his older brother Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) who is much more well-known than Mark is. Everything starts to go differently for Mark when John du Pont (Steve Carell) who is very rich and would like Mark to come live with him and train with some other wrestlers for the 1988 Olympics. He pays Mark for doing this. Mark and John develop a nice bond with each other. It’s almost as if they are becoming friends. Then things start to feel like they are taking a weird turn with their friendship. Some time has passed and Marks brother, Dave shows up to help John coach the wrestlers and now things start to get really heated between Mark and Dave and John.
My advice if you are going to watch this movie, is that you do not look up anything about the characters. Go into this not knowing what happens with this crazy, dark, and depressing story. Foxcatcher is a movie that requires you to pay attention throughout so just be prepared for that. This was directed by Bennet Miller. Miller gave us a very well-directed and acted film that has a very dark and tragic story to it.
The acting performances by Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carell were absolutely astonishing. Steve Carell is up for the Oscar for Best Actor and Mark Ruffalo is up for Best Supporting Actor. 2014 was a great year for movies and nothing is predictable with the Oscar’s this year. Carell has more of a shot at the Oscar this year. He was a standout star in Foxcatcher. I’ll tell you what though, every time I see Steve Carell, I automatically think of Michael Scott from Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. This is not a movie that made me think of him like that. He showed that he is truly one of the best American actors out there right now. He can do it all and his outstanding performance in Foxcatcher explains it all.
Foxcatcher is absolutely not a cheerful movie by any means. Do not think this is a movie that tells the story of an exciting win at the 1988 Olympics. This is an incredibly dark and tragic story that will have you bothered and depressed for the rest of the day. Be in the right type of mood to watch a movie like this.
Overall, Foxcatcher is one of the best movies of the year without a doubt. The direction and acting for the movie was absolutely outstanding. I definitely recommend giving this one a look.
Grade= B+ (Very good!)