Okay we’re going to do something a little different today, I saw Foxcatcher last Sunday and I’ve been debating whether I was going to review it or not and if I did write it, how would I do it? So now I’m going to do a different kind of review dubbed “Simple Reviews” where I will basically try to sum up my thoughts on a film in the most condensed manner possible. So with that in mind let’s begin.
The premise involves the greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul – a union that leads to unlikely circumstances. Foxcatcher is a very dramatic film which from the beginning has a very cold and unnerving nature. The story is very interesting and is less about the sport of wrestling and more about the people behind it. This is a film about power and psychological mind games and while this film has a lot of story surrounding Mark and Dave Schultz, this is the John du Pont story and the film makes you well aware of that as story progresses and things become a lot more distraught and out of control. I will say that the plot felt a little slow at times and things did not unfold in the way that expected, and overall the story, as fascinating as it was, was not as captivating as I would have hoped.
One of the best elements of the film is the cast. Firstly Steve Carell as John du Pont, wow what a transformation. I’ve really warmed to Carell in recent years in his comedic roles but I have never seen him do a serious role before and now we have pretty much his best performance to date. Carell is confident, mysterious as the patriotic multimillionaire who loves wrestling and wants to be part of that world, but also has some hidden demons. Channing Tatum is also very goo as Mark Schultz, he’s an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, however he feels like he’s living in his brother’s shadow and wants to ascend to the top. And with du Pont he finds a kindred spirit and the two of them start an interesting relationship and besides having a face similar to an ape for a fair amount of the film, Tatum turns in a good performance. Mark Ruffalo is also great as Dave Schultz, he is more well-known and respected than his brother Mark. Dave is kind and is always there to help his brother, but once du Pont comes into play it creates this interesting, if somewhat questionable three-part partnership. Each of these three actors have great chemistry and good scenes together whether it be Tatum and Carell or Ruffalo and Tatum or all of them together.
In conclusion Foxcatcher is a very unsettling and creepy film with some awesome performances. I’m not going to lie, I was expected a lot more considering the amount of rave reviews this film has garnered since it came out in America. That being said it is a film worth seeing just for Steve Carell’s performance.
So have you seen Foxcatcher and if soe what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 🙂