Movie reviews by novelist Dwight Okita: FOXCATCHER and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
I saw the movie FOXCATCHER tonight. It was filled with good performances and was a tense movie to watch. A movie about wrestlers and conflicts of interest. Though not the feel good movie for the holidays, to be sure, I was surprised how many were in the audience. Steve Carrell channeled something in his performance. There was a stillness at the center of his character that was chilling. As if he were encased in glass and the words he spoke and the words he heard took light years to reach him. What the movie lacks in humor, it makes up for in tension. I'd give it a B.
I also previously saw THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Isn't the movie poster above stunning? I enjoyed this film. At the center, it was a love story, and also a story of transcending one's disabilities/ limitations. The movie was charming and touching and fueled by the scientific quest for knowledge and personal quest for romance. By the way, both movies in this post are based on real people who are still alive. I wonder what that must feel like to see yourself, your most personal moments of life, re-enacted on the big screen for the world to see. I'd give this film an A.