A dream. This is what we first think after seeing Million Dollar Baby. And we won’t be wrong but there’s more to it.
Million Dollar Baby has become one of the most popular films of the last years. The film is directed by Clint Eastwood and tells the story of the relation between Frankie Dunn and Maggie Fitzgerald. Frankie is a boxing trainer who runs a gym in Los Angeles with his friend Scrap (Morgan Freeman), a boxer who lost an eye in a fight. The main story starts whit the appearence of Maggie, a waitress who wants to be a boxer. At first Frankie refuses to train her, telling her that he doesn’t train girls, but she doesn’t give up and finally he accepts to teach her the techniques of boxing. Maggie becames a very good boxer, knocking out her opponents very fast and winning a lot of championship fights, but her success finishes in the World Welterweight Championship, where she is knocked out.
But it is not only fights that you can see in this film. The background story idevelops during the plot. It’s the story of the personal relations between the two main characters and how they become closer during the film. For Frank, Maggie represents his daughter, who he hasn’t seen for years, and for Maggie, the old trainer represents her father, dead when she was a child.
Million Dollar Baby is set in North America. As I have said it was directed by Clint Eastwood, who also plays one of the main characters, with Hillary Swank as Maggie and Morgan Freeman as Scrap, who narrates the film. A great cast for a great film, one of the greatest films on Eastwood’s filmography, who is showing that a good actor can also make very good films as a director. You only have to watch Mystic River, one of his previous successes.
What can we say about this film? It’s a masterpiece. The final part is extremely powerful, and this is one of the best things that a film can have. The cast is brilliant during the whole film, especially Hillary Swank, who looks really natural in her role. The plot is amusing and don’t think that it’s just a film about boxing because this is a film about hearts, faith and truth. If you are a fan of Clint Eastwood and you really like cinema, please, don’t miss it.