Foxcatcher is about Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul – a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.
I went into this film expecting nothing. And I came out feeling a strange sense of regret.
I honestly don’t know what to think of this film. It made me laugh, and I regretted doing so. It was a film with a mixture of emotions and I wasn’t sure if I was right in feeling the correct ones. This lead to me to think that the film was a little all over the place.
It was truly strange to see Carrell, usually acting in comedy favourites such asAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy and Crazy, Stupid, Love, completely transformed into John du Pont. The only recognisable thing about Carrell is his voice, which for me, is off putting since I’m so used to seeing him in a certain way. Maybe it was just the fact that he was portrayed as just creepy and uncomfortable and his lines just plain awkward.
In the final moments of the film, we are not even told what Mark’s reaction is to his brother’s death, which you would’ve though would be a significant reaction in drawing out the story. All we see is Mark stepping into a new life of mixed martial arts and how he started up wrestling clinics. This left me unsatisfied in drawing a conclusion to his character.
The film is heavily held up by Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of Dave Schultz, who remains one of the highlights of the film. He gave a solid performance and overcame the disappointing script that plagued the film.
Each other character even mentioned within the script, like Mark’s wife, seemed like an afterthought with no real character depth, or even sense of character at all. They hardly even interact or create a relationship with the three main characters at all. And if they do, it seems hap-hazard.
It’s limp film, driven only by the tragedy of the true story of which it’s based, and because of this, it’s no doubt it’s going to attract the Oscar’s nomination committee.