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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on Million Dollar Baby

    Subject: Moving Story Sticks With You
    Date: Dec 30, 2005
    Sender: LisaPrevious | Next

    Hi, Joshua,

    Long time no talk. I visited offoffoff for your commentary on "Memoirs of a Geisha," but sadly, I found none.

    Anyway, "Million Dollar Baby" wasn't high on my list of must-sees, but for lack of another interesting-looking rental, I picked it up.

    I was blown away by the quality of this film's dramatic storytelling, especially after having seen it only a few months after "Mystic River." "Mystic" struck me as sad and true-to-life and dramatic, but also a bit contrived. I watched it knowing each step to come. "Million" was different: where you expect Maggie to bow down once again to her family's abuse, she fights back. Where you expect Clint to become angry at Maggie, he finally lets her into his heart.

    I think Clint did a fine job of revealing the complexities of the human heart and spirit in the 3 main characters and their interactions with each other and the world.

    As a final note, I feel Clint did a great job with the ending: if this was a real-life story, I think most would have shaken their heads and said, 'poor Maggie.' However, Clint gives the all-knowing movie-watcher a sense of completion and success at Maggie's ultimate demise because we learn that SHE felt she lived her perfect life. How can we pity her for that? Therefore, we expect and hope for her finale because it's what she wants. Oddly, the ending made this movie almost a feel-good for me.

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  • Boxing is fun   from Wing Tat Wai, Jul 17, 2005
  • religiosity   from j, Jul 31, 2005
  • Re: religiosity   from Joshua, Jul 31, 2005
  • Boxing is good   from wing tat, Oct 25, 2005
  • » Moving Story Sticks With You «   from Lisa, Dec 30, 2005
  • Re: Moving Story Sticks With You   from kman, Feb 25, 2006
  • are you kidding?   from kriserts, Mar 27, 2005
  • Re: are you kidding?   from Randy, Dec 11, 2005
  • Re: are you kidding?   from Cynthia, Aug 31, 2006
  • Re: are you kidding?   from Reality Check, Dec 17, 2005
  • Re: are you kidding?   from calstuart, Feb 6, 2006
  • [no subject]   from Rachel, May 1, 2005
  • Re: [no subject]   from Reality Check, Dec 17, 2005
  • Boxing is fun   from Wing Tat Wai, Jul 17, 2005
  • religiosity   from j, Jul 31, 2005
  • Re: religiosity   from Joshua, Jul 31, 2005
  • Boxing is good   from wing tat, Oct 25, 2005
  • » Moving Story Sticks With You «   from Lisa, Dec 30, 2005
  • Re: Moving Story Sticks With You   from kman, Feb 25, 2006