The clash of brute and blue blood is an interesting one, but this is not a Carell comedy.
Foxcatcher is a new film from Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller, who directed one of the best sports films of all time (Moneyball). Foxcatcher tells the story of brothers and Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestlers Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their encounter with millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).
The clash of brute and blue blood is an interesting one, but this is not a Carell comedy. In fact, this is a very dark film. The pacing is slow and downright creepy.
The performances by all three leads are a knockout. The story is intriguing but fails with some of the motivations, so I’d give that part a win by default.
Simply put: Dark sports bio with arresting performances
Award potential: Carell and Ruffalo will be nominated. Carell’s character is not lovable enough to win over Redmayne or Keaton. Potential for Best Film and Original Screenplay nominations too, but this is a “performance film,” not a director/producer one.
The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks.