|Million Dollar Baby (Three-Disc Collector's Edition) (2005) PG-13|
Actors: Ned Eisenberg, Brian Finney, Ted Grossman
Release Year: 2005
Review by: Tony B. (Hollywood) - 2/13/2017 2:02 AM
I just saw Million Dollar Baby and my apologies for probably being the last one on the planet to do so. It was a fantastic movie except for the ending! Yes, those things happen in real life, but Maggie is too resilient and too full of life to not be able to fight through it and recover.
I like happy endings, so I think Clint and the cast should get back together again and film a new ending for the movie – Maggie fights back, recovers, gets a re-match, and knocks out the former champ and truly becomes a Million Dollar Baby!
I was so disappointed at the ending of the movie I was going to get rid of it and never watch it again, but the acting was so good, and the movie so well done, and Hilary Swank was such an inspiration that I had to figure out a compromise. I love to watch great movies over and over again so decided I would watch this one right up to the point of the championship fight, and then turn it off and make my own ending.
Maggie, you are magnificent and fight back with every ounce of courage from the very depths of your soul, you need to work twice as hard as you ever did to make a recovery, and Dunn is torn about putting you back in the ring again and the scene builds to an emotional crescendo – then Scrap comes in and says his brilliant lines about it being better to try, than not to try at all.
The fight goes the full length, and everyone is sitting on the edge of their seats cheering with clenched fists for Maggie, a rollercoaster ride to the finish when Maggie lands the final blow - and after a 10 count that lasts nearly forever, with flashbacks of her trials and tribulations, in a final moment of glory becomes the new champion – and an inspiration and champion in all of our hearts.
Well I’m probably just being unrealistic or idealistic, or silly, but I really think they should re-do the ending, but if they don’t - I have.
So I’m keeping Million Dollar Baby in my permanent movie collection with my addendum!