Film Review – Foxcatcher

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Nominated for 5 Oscar Awards, including Best Director – but NOT Best Picture – Foxcatcher is a biographical true crime drama that stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Vanessa Redgrave.

Loosely based on U.S. wrestler Mark Schultz’s autobiographical memoir, the film’s plot revolves around multimillionaire and wrestling enthusiast John E. du Pont’s recruitment of Schultz and his older brother, Dave, to help coach U.S. wrestlers for Olympic competition, and the tragic events that followed.

I wanted to love this, and many have. For me there is one big stumbling block.

I am a huge Steve Carell fan, unfortunately I can’t get past his role as Michael Scott in the American version of The Office – and his voice of the character Gru from Despicable Me, and as such I can’t take him seriously.

Kind of the same for Channing Tatum.

Mark Ruffalo however is great, and the way the actors inhabit these real life characters is astonishing.

Some will find this incredible, Unfortunately for me it was no Moneyball.

3 & 1/2 Stars.

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