Million Dollar Baby affected me in ways I can’t seem to explain. I saw it last night with Ginny and Jamie and have not stopped thinking about it since.
I should start off by pointing out that I love Clint Eastwood wholly and unabashedly ever since I studied some of his work for a class in film school. I think the man is brilliant and wise, and he’s in the top five list of people I’d be honored to have lunch with someday.
But this film – it goes beyond that. I can’t say much about the plot without ruining the experience for you, and I’d much rather you all went and saw it yourselves, and felt it for yourselves. I will say that the cinematography is beautiful and spare, as is the score, and that I think it may be Eastwood’s best work as a director and as an actor. I think the character development is superb. I think Eastwood does such a good job here that there were times when I was uncomfortable watching, feeling like an intruder on someone else’s private moments. I think this film is more than deserving of any awards it may win, with the possible exception of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for which Morgan Freeman was nominated. Don’t get me wrong – I love Morgan Freeman and I think he’s a great actor – but I didn’t see this role as a major breakout performance for him. A lot of people have compared it to his performance in The Shawshank Redemption, and I’d have to agree with them.
I think you should all drop whatever you’re doing and go see it sooner rather than later, and I think I’ll plan to come back and write more about it when I’m ready – whenever that might be.