FILM REVIEW: FOXCATCHER (15) SHOWCASE CINEMAS PETERBOROUGH, OUT NOW
CAST: STEVE CARELL, CHANNING TATUM, MARK RUFFALO, VANESSA REDGRAVE, ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL & SIENNA MILLER
RUNNING TIME: 2 HRS 10 MINS
DIRECTOR: BENNETT MILLER
Foxcatcher is beautifully filmed, brilliantly acted, and deserves all the hype it has received, but – and this is a pretty big but – it is extremely slow paced, WRITES MIKEY CLARKE.
This psychological drama – based on the remarkable true story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz – sees Channing Tatum and Steve Carell put in head-turning haunting performances that are a million miles away from their usual comedic personas.
When eccentric millionaire John Du Pont (Carell) offers Mark (Tatum) a place to stay and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the athlete jumps at the chance – seeing it as a way out from the shadow of his better-known wrestling brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo).
But it soon becomes clear that Du Pont’s methods and ‘coaching skills’ aren’t just different – they’re dangerous.
They say ‘action speaks louder than words’ – a saying the Director Bennett Miller (Moneyball) obviously took very literally – with the film’s slower pace enhanced by minimal dialogue during pivotal scenes, which for the most part works.
Foxcatcher’s palette is often quite distorted – even dulled at times – creating an atmosphere which adds to the film’s quite unique intensity, which has more than a passing resemblance to the likes of Black Swan as a recent example.
Despite not being one of the most exhilarating films you’ll see this year, Foxcatcher triumph’s as an educational character study – but you’ll have to be in the right frame of mind to get the most out of it.