May 4, 2015

Strange birds


Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, 2014). I preferred this to Bennett Miller’s more celebrated, more pretentious Capote. Maybe this is Capote’s gloomier, colder, quieter brother: no one comes out of this story a success. It’s about male pride, painful loneliness, failures and humiliations, with superb acting from Steve Carell as the eagle-beaked eccentric billionaire John du Pont and from – less surprisingly for most – Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum and Vanessa Redgrave in supporting parts. The mood is funereal throughout, but earned.