When did Clint Eastwood find the time to pour his heart and soul into Million Dollar Baby? Between stumping for last year’s Mystic River and collecting accolades from critics groups coast to coast, all signs pointed to this off-the-cuff project being a half-baked, rushed-into-awards-season castoff by a respected filmmaker still basking in the glow of his last well-received piece.
Eastwood may be fresh off his Oscar-nominated Mystic River, though refreshed gives a more accurate description. With Baby, the master storyteller strips away the cumbersome tools of his trade to tell a captivating, gritty story of struggle built from basic building blocks of narrative structure.
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