Saturday, October 29, 2016


Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers. When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the poverty striken situation Olympic caliber athletes like he and his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz's bid for Gold and the chance to "coach" a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave). Trapped in du Pont's majestic but suffocating world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as an ... Written by Sony Pictures Classics

FOXCATCHER is directed by Bennett Miller, written by E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman, and produced by Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik & Bennett Miller.   As this was a movie that I had lived through the true story playing out in the news and media, yet not familiar with the entire story when I found out they were making the film there was some interest in seeing it. Playing the lead role was a completely transformed Steve Carell, which was another draw to this film. Upon watching the film, I felt it had a slow and methodical pace that spoke to the way things unfolded in real life. Having known the final out come of this story made it difficult to fully enjoy the film in that I ended up watching and waiting for the climatic ending to happen rather than being lost in the events that lead to it. So for FOXCATHER I give it 3 stars. 

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