Anyone who reads this blog knows how much I admire the work of director Bennett Miller but his new film FOXCATCHER could be his finest yet.
When I heard that Steve Carell was collaborating with Bennett Miller on a film, that was it – I was sold on whatever it was. And what it is has taken this year’s Cannes film festival by storm. FOXCATCHER recreates the extraordinary story of millionaire John du Pont (Carell) and his relationship with Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Dave and Mark Schultz, played superlatively by Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum respectively and the tragedy that relationship ultimately produced.
“It’s difficult to say exactly what motivated him and what demons he had lurking inside of him, but I think … we were able to decide internally what this character’s motivation was and what his demons might have been.”
Carell said at the press conference for the film’s premiere at Cannes. His dark performance has been particularly lauded and will surprise many who’ve seen him in mostly comedic roles. Here he delivers an unsettling portrait of a man whose power to manipulate in pursuit of his goal knows no bounds. And Miller who follows up his two previous unmissable films about real-life events – Capote and Moneyball – takes us on a startling journey into the world of male bravado and competitive sports.
The movie was due to have been released towards the end of 2013 to make it eligible for Oscar 2014 selection but with a slightly overly crowded field of top movies all vying for their place, the decision was taken to delay and open the film at Cannes before releasing in the States in November 2014, in time for the 2015 awards’ season. It’s proved a brilliant decision and if it can keep up its momentum (like a tiny French film called The Artist managed to do a couple of years ago), we’ll be seeing these three actors, Miller and screenwriters E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman up on that podium come March next year.
To whet your appetite for what’s in store, take a look at the superb teaser trailer…