Film & Media Studies Theory

Whitman College – FMS 387

A million tears

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“Million Dollar Baby” was the first movie that came to mind when I think of a weepy.  While I have never cried in a movie before, this (and the newest “Winnie the Pooh” movie” made me come pretty close to tears.  However, I’m not sure if the movie works for the theme of excess.  Hilary Swank’s character presents someone who almost had the glory, who almost made it to the top but due to an accident, “we can identify melodrama’s pathos of the “too late!”” (Williams 615).  But because the movie was met with such high critical acclaim, does it fit the “low cultural status” (Williams 605) talked about in the reading?  The movie has an overpowering feeling of sadness that almost feels over the top giving me the impression of melodrama.  But once again, is it “too well done”?


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