Foxcatcher

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This should have been something truly remarkable: a peerless cast of playing-against-type Hollywood bigwigs, a director whose track record (‘Capote’, ‘Moneyball’) screams quality and a real-life story that speaks to timely themes of wealth, privilege and exploitation. But somehow ‘Foxcatcher’ is more fascinating curio than genuine heavy-hitter: intense, thoughtful and studded with startling moments, it’s just too dour and muted to ever properly catch fire.

Channing Tatum gives the performance of his career as Mark Schultz, the bruised but unbowed Olympic wrestler who signs up to a new training centre run by oddball millionaire John DuPont (Steve Carell), the scion of a serious old-money family. Grasping the chance to escape the shadow of his successful older brother (Mark Ruffalo), Schultz Jr falls increasingly under DuPont’s malign, mesmerising influence.

It’s hard to say exactly what’s at fault here: the performances are flawless – Carell fully justifies his unlikely casting, while Ruffalo is as dependable as ever –  and the script is astute, intimate and at times shocking. But there’s just no real life in the film: aiming for a tone of studied foreboding, director Bennett Miller instead sucks all the energy from his story. ‘Foxcatcher’, then, is something of a failure – but it’s a peculiarly compelling and indelible one.

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UK release:

Fri Jan 9, 2015

Duration:

130 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo

Director:

Bennett Miller

Screenwriter:

E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman

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Paul C

Yes, it is a dreary and pedestrian paced film and hard to get worked up by wrestling. I was hypnotised by the nose, and despite great performances by the main characters I left underwhelmed. I don't think the underpinning real story is enough to engage an audience.

critique _

Dreary wrestling drama. There might well be psychology and metaphor aplenty in this but unfortunately it all went way over my head. Carell`s character is extremely watchable but wearing a huge prosthetic nose does not necessarily a best supporting actor make.

Craig J

So Tom, 'no real life' - jeez, this WAS real life. And all the more credit to Bennett for actually avoiding the sort of Hollywood trappings that you seem to be demanding! By eschewing the obvious cod-dramatics that normally plague true stories (especially one of this depth, weight and sheer surrealism) the film insinuates itself under the skin long after the house lights have come on. It catches fire exactly because it adopts this approach. 

I would also argue that Carell is the only actor actually playing-against-type. Channing has hardly had a career playing quick-thinking, cerebral types! And Ruffalo, well Ruffalo is classic simple, honest, brother material. 

The performances are remarkable (Carell MUST win best supporting actor). The cinematography is blissful on the eyes. The whole thing harks back to a bygone era of the more credible Hollywood of 'All The President's Men' (and even Pakula's other class act 'The Parallax View').

In a 2015 that has already delivered the overrated, emperor's new clothes that is 'Birdman' - I'm convinced that 'Foxcatcher' (and 'Whiplash') will be the movies that prevail in the conscious the longer.