Million Dollar Baby (Eastwood, 2004)

Million Dollar Baby

For all its emotional gestures, I felt nothing while watching this. Through its contrived plot, poor rhythm, and false sentiments, Million Dollar Baby (2004) tries to hit all of the right notes, following some kind of feel-good-yet-still-sappy Hollywood formula. As a result, it shares the same tone as taudry elevator music: seemingly complex but actually uninteresting. With little substance to precede it, the film does not earn its tragic ending. A slight tinge of hope to balance its incessant melancholia, the film culminates with a reinforcement of its less-than-subtle incest theme and an instance of (illegal) active euthanasia. How this pitiful Oscar fodder sap-story found its reputation is beyond me. That said, though this does little to make up for an otherwise shallow film,
there were a few good boxing scenes and the acting is top-notch.

40/100 – Bad

2 Stars


About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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