Based on a true crime story, the movie follows American wrestler brothers Mark and Dave Schultz encounter with multimillionaire John E. du Pont in the late 80s. The movie explores the relationship between the three, but focusing on Mark and John in the center. Mark Schultz is a loner wrestling champion who spend his day-to-day obsessing about the sport. John du Pont is a multimillionaire with an enthusiastic obsession of the sport, and something else on the side. Where else, Dave is a family man who tried his best to provide for his family, while being there for his brother. The three lives intertwined and before they know it, disaster awaits in the end.
Directed by Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher played the suspense cards quite well. It’s slow in the beginning but gradually grows with thrill. I heard from an interview that Miller directed a four-hour rough cut, but then chopped it down again to 134 minutes. And perhaps that was the down side. The beginning suspense is meticulously enjoyable and reached its climax in the middle, but unfortunately it loses its punch towards the end: a predictable turn out.
While the movie lacks glue to hold its script together, the actors, however, excels in delivering the best ensemble cast in years (yes, I said it). Channing Tatum has proven himself as an actor in these past few years and I believe Foxcatcher to be his pinnacle. Despite no nominations under his belt, it’s exciting to see Tatum’s future performance in a dramatic role. Steve Carell transforms (and even get lost) in his character as the obsessed, mommy-issue and egomaniac John du Pont. For someone who got famous playing Michael Scott in The Office, Steve Carell showed off his talent without additional effort. Where else Mark Ruffalo, who is a one gifted Hulk, did alright as the family man.
In the end Foxcatcher is a surprising, well-crafted dark movie that deserves all the praises!