Hey, you all! By the time you read these lines, the
Academy Awards will already have been given. But right now, considering that I'm writing
these lines on Thursday the 24th, I'm really curious about who the winners will be.
Although I have certain conjectures about some categories, anything is possible in
Hollywood, isn't it? Someone might be significantly disappointed.
Recently, I had the chance to see "Million Dollar Baby." Honestly speaking, the
story of this film is a pure and simple one. However, the idea behind it is something
deep. Each minute you keep saying to yourself, "This is true, this is real
life." You will be saying these lines, especially, when the movie comes to an end.
"Million Dollar Baby," another work of art from Clint Eastwood, is about a girl
who believes she can be a million-dollar boxer. You may think that the movie is all about
boxing. However, it's not. It goes way beyond boxing. It has this huge, deep content
inside. Since I don't want to spoil the experience for you, I'm going to tell only enough
to give you a general idea. The story revolves around a passionate girl, an aging trainer
and the trainer's close friend, who serves as the film's narrator. These roles are played
by Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman. Maggie (Swank), as a long-time
waitress, feels that her talents are being thrown away. Believing she can make it big some
day, she tries her luck in boxing and asks Frankie (Eastwood) to train her. The more
Maggie insists, the harder it becomes for Frankie to train her. Then what? Well, this is
the part where you have to find out what happens by seeing the movie.
I believe that this film's clarity is of a kind seldom seen in movies today. I have no
doubt that you will sit quietly in your seats in the theater, with your attention focused
on seemingly real lives. There is this saying in the movie, "If there's magic in
boxing, it's the magic of fighting beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs and ruptured
kidneys." Although this saying seems to fit a particular scene, the idea also applies
to the whole movie. The main characters are fighting beyond endurance not only in boxing,
but in all aspects of their lives. When I consider the acting side of the movie, believe
you me, words are not enough to describe the performances of Clint Eastwood and Hilary
Swank. (I don't think that Morgan Freeman did a great job of acting in this film. He was
better in his previous movies.) Hilary Swank, especially, has this enormous strength in
her acting because there is this perfect stillness and attention in her movements. That is
why she is a strong candidate for an Oscar.
Besides all this, the cinematographer did a great job. Throughout the movie, there are
significant scenes where the faces of the characters slide in and out of the shadows. This
creates a magical correlation between the tones of the voices and the visuals. Also, a
solo guitar accompanies such scenes, creating a very effective emotional atmosphere.
I think it will be really hard for the jury to choose the winner from among the candidates
for the Academy Awards. However, I believe “Million Dollar Baby” will win the biggest
Oscars. Well, we’ll see. Have fun and stay cool.
Rating (5 out of 5):
Atilla Karakurum (IE/IV)