Bennett Miller follows the acclaimed films Capote and Moneyball with this great, brooding true crime saga. The story centres on John Eleuthère du Pont, an eccentric millionaire who, in the late 1980s, sought to establish himself as a benevolent sponsor ofAmerican wrestling, setting up a programme at Villanova University. Du Pont looked to recruit the brothers Mark and Dave Shultz, who had both won world and Olympic championships, and had become the biggest names in the sport.
The Schultz brothers were not in a position to turn down du Pont’s money, yet his peculiar behaviour and the power his wealth afforded him led to tragedy. Presenting this story with patience and intelligence, Foxcatcher is a tense and involving affair, its drama measured out sparingly. Featuring a terrific cast, there are career-defining performances for Channing Tatum and for Steve Carell, the latter startling and brilliant as du Pont. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
★★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★★ RTE.ie ★★★★★The Guardian
★★★★ Entertainment.ie ★★★★ Irish Independent
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