Day 6. Foxcatcher (2014). Directed by Bennett Miller.

Foxcatcher (2014) Score: 69%

Foxcatcher is undeniably expertly made. It’s a hard film to enjoy, however, because of how understated everything is. The script is economical, the direction is tight and precise, and the performances are as restrained as can be. This works on the whole but it limits some scenes’ potential and it’s occasionally jarring, particularly when conversations end (and begin) abruptly.

Foxcatcher’s best feature is definitely Steve Carell as mega-rich John du Pont. Carell was endearingly authentic in Little Miss Sunshine, but as du Pont he’s also haunting. It might have something to do with the seamless prosthetics, but he’s hypnotic nonetheless.


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