If sports is considered as a genre in film, it would probably be my least favorite one. I just don't connect with them, especially with boxing movies. But in continuation of my Oscars tribute, I decided to watch the 2005 boxing film Million Dollar Baby.
It tells the story of an eager female boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) who seeks a grumpy-lookin' boxing manager named Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) to train her. At first, he refuses to do so. Yet eventually, he accepted this offer, and the duo, with Eddie 'Scrap Iron' Dupris (Morgan Freeman) form a relationship that would change their lives forever.
The way how Million Dollar Baby exposes its themes is the major knock-out of the movie. With issues like gender inequality, social class, self-esteem and family problems, it totally deserved its Oscar win for Best Picture.
But for me, it's the compelling relationship and authentic bond among these characters that served as the heart of the film. It touched my heart and truly extends beyond a typical boxing film.