Million Dollar Baby scores 3.9/5

Our first showing for 2012 was Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby”, the film which proved Hilary Swank’s acting prowess by scoring her an Academy Award. Unfrortunately on the night, due to some untried equipment, we had some technical problems, which meant that we had a running commentary for the visually impaired throughout the film. This spmewhat spoiled the audience picking up on the nuances of the actors’ performances, when each move was explained. In addition, some of the audience found the subject-matter – women’s boxing – somewhat disturbing. Undoubtedly, it was not as graphic as many modern movies, but it certainly made the brutality of the sport quite clear. Under the circumstances, a score of 3.9 out of 5 represented the audience’s feelings quite well.