Foxcatcher DVD Review

DVD movie reviews are occasional posts that review recent DVD releases that I did not review while they are in theaters.


Jesus.  Who knew sports movies could be so dark?

Foxcatcher is the chilling true life tale about an Olympic wrestler (Channing Tatum) who, along with his reluctant brother (Mark Ruffalo), forms a team under the sponsorship of the ultra wealthy John Du Pont (Steve Carell).  The relationship grows stronger between the group before cracks form driving them apart and leading to unexpected consequences.

This movie is good, but boy is it not fun to watch at all.  Let’s just get that out there right off the bat.  The events that transpire and the effect the Du Pont has on Tatum’s character is downright disturbing.  But now some actual positives about the movie.  First of all, all three main actors do a fantastic job.  But it is probably Carell who really steals the show.  I’m pretty sure when discussing this role, the director said “Hey Steve, you know the character you played in the Office? Yeah do the complete opposite.”  It really is a complete departure from anything I’ve seen him do before.  And he absolutely nails it.  You forget you are watching him and believe you are seeing this sick man on screen.  It’s also a fascinating true story.  I didn’t know much about it at all going in, so it was interesting to watch what happened.

The movie does have some flaws.  As mentioned it is not very enjoyable to watch.  It also is edited in a weird way and doesn’t seem to flow very well.  The wrestling scenes are good but they are over as soon as you get into them.  They just show brief glimpses of the matches which I see as a missed opportunity to add a little bit of entertainment value to the movie.  I also had a little bit of a problem with Channing Tatum’s character.  He does a great job, but the character is shy and quiet which leads to some awkward conversations that don’t really get moved along effectively.  It’s a true story so there isn’t but so much they could have done, but I was just taken out of it a bit because the lack of communication just didn’t advance to story like I would have liked.

It is definitely a hard movie to watch and is very slow, but is still a good movie overall and an interesting glimpse into these events. I can’t say I would need to ever see it again, but I can recommend you seeing it. I’ll put Foxcatcher right at 3/5.