Essay on Analysis Of The Movie ' Million Dollar Baby '

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Million Dollar Baby tells the story of a young woman named Maggie Fitzgerald, whose dream is to become an elite female boxer. She faces many trials and tribulations along her way to the top, and receives much help and guidance from her eventual friend and coach, Frankie. The film has meaning that is much deeper than the simple tale of a female boxer, however, as it attempts to showcase the struggles a female athlete must endure in such a male-dominated field. The film is not specific on which the exact year the story takes place, but one can assume based on context that it is rather contemporary and could perhaps take place in modern-day society. From this, one can deduce that the year in which the film is being represented is the same as or very close to the year in which the film was produced (2004). As such, the film offers much historical merit as it depicts the battles female athletes must go through in efforts to prove themselves in the patriarchal world of sport, and more specifically, boxing. I believe that the filmmaker’s purpose of making the film was to ultimately show that female athletes are just as capable as male athletes, if not more so. The uses of aesthetics within certain scenes go a long way to help promote the true meaning of the film. For example, within the montage in which Maggie starts off her official boxing training, slow music is being played in the background to correlate with the slow and long journey she has ahead of her. Dim and dull colors…

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