When I think of an iconic boxing film I immediately think of Rocky, one of the best movies ever made. Rocky is the penultimate sporting film. It highlights the classic tale of the underdog, an underdog that would become synonymous with the city of Philadelphia, becoming the city’s symbolic mascot.
You hear the “Rocky” theme before every Philadelphia Eagles games, some of Philadelphia’s’ most famous attractions attribute to the film’s iconic Rocky statue and the stairs before the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Katy Perry gives a shoutout to “Eye of the Tiger” in the chorus of her song “Roar.
It’s simple, the movie changed America and it definitely changed the thought of sporting films. Million Dollar Baby could’ve easily been a carbon copy of the most iconic sporting film of all time but instead, it managed to forge its own path, telling a story that was both beautiful and moving at the same time.
I’ve heard of this movie but never felt the urge to watch it. I’m glad I did. A few nights ago, I sat down and watched the film expecting something along the lines of Rocky. It was far from trying to be Rocky and that’s why it’s so great. By the conclusion of the film, I was crying nonstop. I thought I knew how the story was going to end but it only continued to shock me in ways I wasn’t expecting right to the very last second.
Morgan Freeman won his only Oscar for the film and deservedly so. He was magnificent. Absolutely magnificent. Besides his role as Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight trilogy, this was definitely my favorite role of his. And Clint Eastwood alongside Hilary Swank was just as impressive. Honestly, this is one of those movies that you’ll want to watch because it is that good and yes, it deserves to stand alongside Rocky as only the second boxing movie to win an Oscar for Best Picture.
I think you can guess what I’m giving this movie. 100 out 100 and 5 out of 5 stars.
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