I have been anticipating Foxcatcher for many months now. I knew the true story in brief, but not in too much detail. When the first trailer dropped, and we're talking about a very very short trailer here, it wowed me. I was excited, and I have been for a long time. After a lot of anticipation and a lot of hype, I'm happy to announce that Foxcatcher not only lived up to my expectations, but it blew them out of the park too. It's a dark and unpleasant movie, but it's the type of movie that I love. I'm not ashamed to admit that it's a film I'd be more than willing to come back to as well, which is something not a lot of people seem to be saying and that's fair enough. I can completely understand where people are coming from when they say they never want to see this film again as it's not a joyous experience, but it's undoubtably worth watching at least once.
The three leads, Tatum, Ruffalo and Carell, are all in their prime here. Each one of them gives an Oscar worthy performance, and each one of them deserves that Oscar, even if only two actually received nominations. Tatum is an actor who constantly surprises me and here, he's done it once again. His character is clearly dealing with many psychological issues, both brought on by his childhood and by Carell's character, and the way Tatum portrays him is beyond phenomenal. It will define him as an actor, I can tell you that.
It's the film's finale that I really want to talk about here, but I'm going to have to do so without giving away what happens, which should be tough. I knew how this film was going to end, yet it didn't matter. When the ending comes, and you'll know it's the end the moment it starts unfolding, it will leave your jaw hanging. It's just so intense and unexpected, and it packs quite a punch as well. Everything suddenly goes from insanely slow to unbelievably fast, and you're trying to sink everything in, but it's just not working out, but I mean that in the best way possible. It's a realistic and rather haunting approach to the situation and the most disturbingly brilliant way to wrap up this already disturbing movie.