The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher lead by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul – a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the story of the Shultz brothers and John du Pont, I suggest you buckle your seatbelt before googling, searching, reading, or watching anything on the story. It’s one of the more incredible, shocking, and hard to believe stories – truly tragic. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who doesn’t know or hasn’t seen the movie, but I highly recommend you to either read up on it or go watch the movie. It’s one of the few movies that is completely worth the outrageous ticket price.
There’s no doubt that this movies story steals the show, it’s the reason why the movie got made. But next in line and something that can’t be overlooked one bit are the characters/performances, led by Steve Carell as John du Pont. Carell may be known for his fanatics comedy, but what many don’t know is that he is an incredible dramatic actor, Foxcatcher is the prime example. There literally is now Carell on screen, just du Pont. He transformed himself into one of the most serious and quite frankly, creepiest men ever. Although it was creepy, it was just fascinating to see this character develop and become who he truly was over two hours.
Not short behind was Channing Tatum, playing the younger of the Shultz brothers in Mark. Who just won the Gold Medal for wresting in the Olympics (so did his brother), who was struggling to go back to his normal life following the crowned the world’s best. Over the years, many people haven’t been the biggest fan of Tatum’s work. Yeah, he started out as a below average actor who kind of did these throw-away roles. But now, he is on his way to the top. Over the past two years, he has rocked out great role and movie after role and movie. In my mind, he’s one of the few true movie stars (one who can due any genre). Foxcatcher is the movie that will change the perception of Tatum and his abilities. As he portrayed this young, ambitious, but broken man trying to become the best he can – he stole the movie for me, churning out his best on screen work yet.
And last, but for sure not forgotten is Mark Ruffalo as Dave Shultz, the older brother to Mark. He also was a gold medal at the Olympics that Mark won his, but what’s different is that he’s the head of a training facility and he’s the coach/training partner to his younger brother. Ruffalo gave another amazing performance, as he portrayed the more stronger and stable brother. As you’re watching it may feel like his character only plays a minor role in the story, but he is the absolute key to everything and Ruffalo makes sure every viewer knows that. He’s the character that viewers can relate to and fall for as time ticks away, without a doubt completing the circle that was started by Carell and Tatum.
Foxcatcher may be one of the slower building movies that you’ll see, but with its remarkable true story and actors who notch amazing performances to some of the deepest characters, this is one of the must watch movies in the past while. It will leave you shocked and crushed like you never thought a movie could leave you, but it’s incredibly well worth it.