“Foxcatcher” Review

Based on a true story, Foxcatcher relays the tale of Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) as he trains for the 1988 Olympic Games and his relationship with multi-million dollar sponsor John du Pont (Steve Carell). Attempting to break free from his brother’s shadow (Mark Ruffalo), Schultz initially feels admiration for du Pont, but grows uncomfortable as du Pont’s behavior becomes more erratic.

</> All of the actors in this film are at the top of their game. Steve Carell has been getting the most attention for his performance, and it’s very well deserved. Finally playing a character out of the norm for him, Carell makes du Pont fascinatingly unsettling, but seemingly harmless despite his fortune. Channing Tatum gives one of the best performances of his career, not only handling numerous difficult wrestling sequences, but showing an incredibly heartbreaking range of emotions with very little dialogue. Mark Ruffalo rounds out the trio of fantastic performances. In the best shape of his life, Ruffalo plays a family man who is much more stable than both du Pont and Mark and has to work to keep them both doing what they need to do.

Bennett Miller, following Moneyball and Capote, is absolutely masterful behind the camera. A majority of the film is silent, and he uses this silence to create much more emotion than if the characters were talking. In a single take, he is able to tell you more about the characters than with pages of dialogue. Miller, combined with a top-notch script, allows for the film to be a completely engrossing experience, despite being somewhat challenging to the audience. While it occasionally feels like the film has been cut down a little too much, Foxcatcher is still an amazing movie. 9/10.

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