Review: Based on a true story about Mark and Dave Schultz who are U.S. Wrestling champions. They join Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire John E. du Pont. as they train for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Mark and John’s emotional self-destruction and confidence threatens to consume them both.
Director: Bennett Miller
Actors: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave
Genre: Biography and Drama
This is a story that I knew nothing about. I don’t know if it was ever mentioned in the U.K. or talked about at the time of the event. How true it is I don’t know. According to film critics it is best not to know anything about this film before watching it or even to look up the true story and the true accounts. It is a very dark film. There is no humor in this at all. No sort of light relief. The first half of the film I found to be really slow and too drawn out. When watching this listen out because it has got a lot of foreshadowing at the beginning as to what is going to happen at the end. A bit too long for my liking. Well over the two hours. Only picked up half way through. Fantastic performance from all the three leading men. The cinematography is brilliant. Bennett Miller has done an amazing job of directing. Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo are completely unrecognizable. Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo spent an intensive five to six months training for the wrestling. Mark Ruffalo once said that the cast and crew were so afraid of Steve Carell that they all tried to avoid interacting with him. This has a very shocking ending that will leave you in total disbelief. It has themes of men who both dream of hope for love, redemption and a desperate obsession for great things to come. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 Bennett Miller got an Award for Best Director.