Review: Foxcatcher (2014)

The latest offering from director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball), is a fascinating film. Based of the true story of John Du Pont (Steve Carell, and his training of olympic wrestling brothers Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave (Mark Ruffalo) Schultz, Du Pont’s decline in mental health, and the tragic ending that follows. The film is light on dialogue and features alost no score, focusing solely on its characters and their interactions. While this helps create the dark atmosphere of the film, it sometimes causes is to drag a little too much. However, the cast is absolutely phenomenal, and hold the film high on their shoulders. Carell, known for his comedic roles, is unrecognizable and terrifying as Du Pont, who’s inner workings are always so shrouded, one can’t help but become anxious as the film unfolds. While Mark Ruffalo is excellent in his role as well, Tatum is the one who may be the biggest surprise here, incarnating the ferocious drive of someone determined to win to the point of self-destruction. In all, Foxcatcher, while sometimes slow-moving, has a ton of depth to it, and features three of the best performances of the year. It is not to be missed.

My Rating:

3.5/4

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