Hello fellow moviegoers!
Foxcatcher is directed by Bennet Miller and it stars Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo. It is the story of the U.S. Olympic Gold winning wrestler Mark Schultz. When he gets invited to John du Pont's (Carell) property he is told that Du Pont wants to build a training center there to give the Olympic Wrestlers the attention they deserve. This film is nominated of Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Makeup. But no Best Picture?
I went in to this movie, not really knowing what to expect. I knew it was going to be good. I am glad to say that it exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed this movie. The best part of the movie by far are the performances. Steve Carell was brilliant! When he first comes on screen I did see Carell, but after about five minutes he disappeared into this really creepy, and unsettling guy. This character, you really don't know what to expect from him at times. Carell does such a brilliant bringing that character to screen, that I am now really excited that he got nominated.
Mark Ruffulo, also got nominated as a supporting actor, and he really deserves it. He played David Schultz, who was the brother of Mark Schultz (Tatum), and kind of had to raise him on his own after their parents got divorced. I didn't even see Ruffalo at all in this film. He did such a great job as that character that I want to say he was even better than Carell!
Channing Tatum has been getting a lot of praise for his performance in this movie, and it is very well earned. The thing I love about Channing Tatum is that he actually works to get better at acting. He might be the best part of this movie. The best acting to me, is where you can really convey what is going on in a character's mind without saying a word. There is a scene in this movie where he hits his breaking point, and just starts tearing this room apart. That scene was by far my favorite scene in the movie. I am half tempted to say that Tatum should have gotten the nomination rather than Carell!
The story was alright. There were a couple times where certain plot points were kind of glossed over. The story isn't one that you are going to walk out rethinking your life, and it doesn't need to be. It is still a good story.
So overall, I really enjoyed this movie. The story is alright, but it's not amazing. The entire film is really driven by it's performances, which are amazing. This film should have been nominated for Best Picture instead of American Sniper.
Have you seen Foxcatcher? What did you think? Should it have been nominated for Best Picture? Let me know by commenting on this post!
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