Foxcatcher is released in cinemas tomorrow and here’s why you should watch it.
Based on the true story of Olympic wrestling brothers Mark and David Shultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) and their collaboration with John du Pont (Steve Carell) to train US wrestling olympians and sadly ends in murder.
Surprisingly there isn’t a lot of dialogue in the film but there’s so much going on in each performance that little needs to be said. Each of the three leads has put in a tremendous amount of work to get under the skin (or should that be prosthetics) of these people.
From his walk to his cauliflowered ears Channing Tatum has thrown himself into this character and the film is all the better for it, he’s playing a very serious role and it still able to let vulnerability shine through. Mark Ruffalo does a great job playing older brother Dave who struggles to understand the connection between his brother and du Pont but does his best to keep everyone happy.
Steve Carell is unrecognisable as John du Pont, a man who clearly has issues but never airs them, and plays the quiet, repressed man wonderfully well. The idea that comedians often have a dark side and so can take to dramatic roles quite easily is confirmed in this film. It’s unlike any other role I’ve seen him in.
Foxcatcher is a slow build but by the end of the film you feel like you’ve gotten the measure of these people and it’s really quite an interesting story – and this is coming from someone with no interest in sport outside of roller derby!
Foxcatcher opens in cinemas tomorrow and it’s well worth your time.