03-02-2007 06:25 PM - edited 03-02-2007 06:25 PM
Watch Million Dollar Baby.
For each of the major characters -- Frankie (Clint Eastwood), Maggie (Hilary Swank), and Eddie (Morgan Freeman Jr.)-- point out their admirable qualities and their flaws. And, by the way, which one is the protagonist?
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Message Edited by BookClubEditor on 03-02-2007 06:25 PM
04-18-2007 11:51 PM
Since it's 'about' Hillary Swank's Maggie in the female version of Rocky, I want to say that of course, she is the protagonist.
Of course, it also stars and was directed by Clint Eastwood, and what was the last movie Clint Eastwood ever had a speaking role in when he wasn't the main character/protagonist?
then again, it has Morgan Freeman, who tends to be the omnipresent-narrator, wise beyond his years (if he's not actually playing God, as in the '...Almighty' franchise that's a-brewing) which could qualify him. I'm sure he plays the old-fighter who still hangs around Mickey's... uh, I mean Frankie's gym because he's a fighter, Adrian! He's got a problem, he's gotta fight! He's just gotta be around it... and Ol'Mick, I mean Frankie, probably trained ol' Rock... I mean Maggie.. no, Eddie... so he keeps Eddie around to remind him of the good-old-days, and to narrate stories to him in between fight sequences, both in and out of the ring.
heck, let's just say they, all 3 of them, share protagonist duties, in that over the course of the movie, they all do their parts to advance their own stories in dramatic and hopeful, life-altering ways, exactly equally; well, maybe a few of them get a few more minutes of screen-time and dialogue/voice-over narration near the end as compared to at least 1 of them, but still... one of them can't do a whole lot of talking any ways, with that mouth-piece in, dancing around the squared-circle learning how to slip the jab, kid.. slip the jab... 'cuz Mickey luvs ya! as long as you tell me there is no scene in a meat locker, or streets full of Philadelphians running behind Maggie at 5am, maybe I will give it a look sometime, see if I'm even close on this one.