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Though this film is set against the background of Olympic wrestling and stars Magic Mike, Brick Tamland and The Hulk, this is not a cheery sports movie.
Foxcatcher is the true story of Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), an Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler who was taken under the wing of a new coach, eccentric millionaire John Du Pont (Steve Carell).
First of all, before watching this movie, you must be prepared for a slow and steady start. There are a number of scenes which at the time feel like they don’t do anything.
However, as the runtime reaches the middle of the second act, you realise that this film is an army creeping over a hill behind you.. Before you know it, it strikes.
This isn’t the first movie of its type to crank up tension to near breaking point without the audience noticing at first. And for that reason, it’s by no means a Best Picture Winner. It is certainly worth a nomination however.
The scenes in which either wrestling technique is explained or practised are wonderful. They complement a solid, quiet script which makes you feel like you are there with the wrestling team Foxcatcher headlined by Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, Mark Ruffalo as his mentor brother, David, and Steve Carell as the coach.
Many have been astounded by Carell’s performance, and they should be. His ability to completely transform his lovable funny exterior under excellent make-up to a chilling over-bearing man is truly exciting. However, keep an eye on Ruffalo and Tatum. These are serious talents who give wonderfully restrained performances.
While Foxcatcher has some possible problems with pacing, depending on taste, I believe it is a highly worthwhile little heart-racer.
Recommended Scenario: When you want to be shaken by a tragic and surprising story, which also has wrestling in it.
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