Foxcatcher Is A Creepy Psychological Drama
John du Pont was not only heir to the du Pont family fortune, but also a ornithologist, a philanthropist, a sports enthusiast and a wrestling coach. Even with all those titles though, he is perhaps most famously know for being a convicted murderer. In 1997 he was convicted of the 1996 murder of his friend, and Olympic Gold Medalist Dave Schultz. Foxcatcher tells the story of how Du Pont met Schultz and his brother, and the events that led to the murder.
Foxcatcher is centered around Mark Schultz (played by Channing Tatum), an Olympic Gold Medalist. He lives in the shadow of his older brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), and lives in a run down apartment with very little to his name. Then he meets John du Pont (Steve Carell), a rich sports enthusiast who wants to open his own wrestling school and sponsor Mark for the 1988 Olympic Games. As their relationship strengthens, the rift between the brothers begins to grow, and after du Pont brings Dave on to be part of the team he too starts to feel inferior to the older brother. Over several years the feelings start to grow stronger, which leads du Pont down a dark, and tragic path.
The thing that stands out most about Foxcatcher isn’t the story (after all we all know where it ends), but the acting of all three principle actors. Channing Tatum proves he is more than just a pretty boy action star (something he’s proven before in the 21 Jump Street Series where he flexes his comedic chops), and he could end up with his first Academy Award nomination. Mark Ruffalo continues his string of strong roles, and it’s only a matter of time before he picks up his share of rewards too. The biggest surprise in this movie however is Steve Carell. In no way is this his typical role, and at this point he should be considered the leading contender for an Oscar. He plays a creepy, psychologically disturbed character that is in no way similar to anything he has ever done before. You find yourself forgetting you are even watching Carell at times (and no it’s not because of his prosthetic nose). The movie itself may be a little long at a 134 minutes, but watching the three actors ply their trade at the highest level makes it worth it.
Foxcatcher will be talked about for the next few months as awards season arrives, and if you want to see what everyone is talking about, you’ll want to watch this movie.
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