Saturday, 18 September 2010
08:40:20 PM (GMT)
If you ever get a chance to pass up one certain movie, do it without hesitation.
"Million Dollar Baby."
I had to watch this movie through in school for a project on "quality of life."
(Which, also, is kinda something that didn't need this movie as an example.)
We watched this over the course of two days.
The first day, nothing was wrong with it.
The story is mainly about a 30-something female who has had a crappy life and finds
boxing the only thing that makes her happy. She eventually gets trained by a beat-up
gym owner who has regrets from previous fighters he trained including Morgan Freeman
as a janitor who's blind in one eye and lives in the gym.
Now, hold on, wait a minute. A boxer from the pits being trained in boxing by an old
gym owner? This sounds like Rocky, only with boobs!
So, watching the first half, it DID look like Rocky. There was a training montage and
she even got a Gaelic nickname, sorta like how Rocky is the Italian Stallion.
It isn't until the second half of the movie that it starts to get really friggin'
At first, we're in a million dollar fight for welterweight title. It looks like it
should be the climax, but wait, we're only halfway through. What else is there?
Well, at first, our main gets pounded a bit by this character who's like an
African-american female Ivan Drago. Eventually, she starts winning, but after a round
finishes, the female character whacks her right as she's walking back to her corner!
IN THE HEAD! Dude, that CAN'T be a legal move! How did nobody catch that??
Not only does she gets hit illegally, she falls onto her own stool and breaks her
spine, causing her to become a quadriplegic and need a respirator! We see her go to a
rehab center and...this doesn't feel like a boxing movie anymore, and it's really
depressing. Her family comes and tries to get her to write off all her assets to
them, like they know she's a goner. The whole family are assholes. You just wanna
After awhile, she asks her coach to HELP HER DIE.
...That's not depressing at all! (Sarcasm.)
After he refuses, he goes home, only to get a phone call saying that she tried biting
her tongue over and over again, trying to bleed to death, and the image we see when
he arrives there is just...disturbing...or at least I found it disturbing.
After consulting a priest/father character on what to do, he decided to help her die
in this weird way that "won't upset God" or something. He pulls off her respirator,
and injects her with a whole bunch of adrenaline, which does her in. After that, the
coach vanishes and... that's it.
What a depressing movie.
After finishing it up, I couldn't even work because I was so disturbed at the
depressing-ness of this movie. I'm already a pretty depressed person, so that movie
was TOTALLY not what I needed. Everybody else just seemed to brush it off, but I
couldn't help but have a bad taste in my mouth after watching it. There's not ONE
upside to the whole ending. At all!
After getting home that day, I told my parents about it. My mom was shocked they
showed us that movie, but my dad was just like "Not all movies have happy endings."
I think he only said that because it had Clint Eastwood. =_=
The strangest thing I find is that... this movie was actually a hit when it came
Yeah, it grossed about $216,000,000!
What the hell?! How??
According to Wikipedia, and it sums up my reaction almost exactly...
"Michael Medved stated that: 'My main objection to Million Dollar Baby always
centered on its misleading marketing, and effort by Warner Brothers to sell it as a
movie about a female Rocky, with barely a hint of the pitch-dark substance that led
Andrew Sarris of the New York Observer to declare that 'no movie in my memory has
depressed me more than Million Dollar Baby.'"
DON'T WATCH THIS MOVIE IF YOU CAN AVOID IT.
*sigh of relief for releasing pent anger*