Saturday, January 24, 2015
If I'm being honest, I'm sad to report that the storyline of this movie didn't captivate me as much as I was hoping it would based on the premise that intrigued me so much. I suppose part of that is due to me knowing exactly what happens, but yet I've seen many historical movies where I've known exactly what happens that I've still loved, so that can't take the whole blame. It's just that there's not a whole lot that happens. It's a slow-moving movie with a ton of really intense build up. But there comes a point where I was hoping the movie would stop building up and start doing something, but it really doesn't until the very end.
What saves the movie, though, are three absolutely excellent performances by our trio of stars, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum. Let's start with Steve Carell. The man is a really funny comedian. I'm sometimes hit and miss with his movies, but in general I have a very positive view of him as a comedian. However, I don't actually recall seeing him in a serious role. If I have, it's at least something that doesn't happen very often. This performance by him in Foxcatcher puts him in a completely new light. The man is an absolute creep in this movie. Sure, part of that is due to his makeup, but for the most part you have a comedian acting like a crazy, borderline-psychopath and it's incredible. I love it when an actor or actress can step outside his or her box and do an excellent job at something he or she is not used to doing. That is Steve Carell in this movie and that deserves a ton of applause.
In the end, Foxcatcher didn't quite live up to all the hype that I gave it, but it was still a solid movie that is worth checking out. Steve Carell does a great job as the creepy John du Pont, but in my opinion Channing Tatum is the star of this movie and should've been the one to get the Oscar. Yes, Carell does deserve recognition, but I would've dropped him down to support actor. That would've been more fitting. Mark Ruffalo is the one that actually got the supporting actor nod and while he did do a great job himself -- he's very likable in the film as Channing Tatum's brother and is also very unrecognizable -- he's probably the slighter weaker member of the trio. But yes, Foxcatcher is finally in theaters nationwide, which means I really think that this is a movie you should give a chance if for nothing else to see Steve Carell and Channing Tatum go outside their box and pull off excellent performances in serious roles. My grade for Foxcatcher is an 8/10.