Why Clint Eastwood’s Baby Knocked Me Down, Not Out | Observer
I know a lot of people don't think much of Million Dollar Baby. And then when it does go tragic, maybe you're thinking Brian's Song or Bang The Drum Slowly. of shit and then just please run the fucking end credits so I can leave. the best movie I've ever seen about the teacher/student relationship. If you haven't yet seen Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby and have every Of course, a surrogate father-daughter relationship springs up about the tragic turn of events was how a championship fight that ended in a. Second warning: The ending of the movie "Million Dollar Baby" is revealed. of an evolving relationship between an aging fight manager and trainer, not contain himself from ranting about how bad "Million Dollar Baby" is.
Maggie is now a basket case, sucking oxygen from a tube in a hospital bed.
She pleads with Frankie to help end her life. When Maggie is unable to sign the contract-her hands are paralyzed-her mother obligingly places the pen in her mouth, after which Maggie comes into her own by spitting out the pen, cursing the entire family and sending them scurrying out of the hospital like rats from a sinking ship. What I found most perplexing about the tragic turn of events was how a championship fight that ended in a quasi-criminal act fails to illicit any repercussions or protests, by Frankie or anyone else.
I know John F.
Kennedy said that life was unfair long before he was assassinated, and I know film critics have been conditioned to condemn happy endings, but does that warrant such excessive malignancy? I beg to differ as I rest my case against Million Dollar Baby. This is not to say that I wish to demean the work of Mr. They are all excellent in what is, in my perhaps ultra-Aristotelian view, a losing cause. So my problem is not with the complex feelings involved in the desire of the afflicted to die with dignity, but in how the story of the death-seeker is told.
Where Million Dollar Baby sinks into the pit of bottomless despair, The Sea Inside soars to the fantastically romantic heights of love between a man and a woman.
In his bedridden state, he spends years petitioning the secular authorities in Spain to give him the right to terminate his life with dignity. Julia is partially handicapped herself, using a cane to move about because of a degenerative disease. Throughout his seemingly endless ordeal, Mr.Million Dollar Baby: 10th Anniversary -- The Blue Bear -- Available February 4
Leoni, an actress who is no stranger to subtlety, in the same, shrill single note for almost the entire film. The critics, and I presume the public, are virtually forced to hate her character-though, when you think about it, she never does anything really malicious, except possibly buying clothes a few sizes too small for her chubby daughter, Bernice Sarah Steele.
By contrast, Flor, the good cop, kindly sews an outfit for Bernice that fits perfectly. In a reversal of type, Mr. For instance, we limit the decision-making autonomy of children and of those who are mentally impaired. We, as a society, do not feel they are in a position to make prudent decisions.
What is prudent is subjective, but that does not stop us from establishing societal norms. In Million Dollar Baby, what is presented as a question of the right to die is perhaps a distraction from the deeper question of responsibility to help our fellow human being.
Our society is so enamored with autonomy that we sometimes fail to consider other issues.
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When crisis hits, we must help our neighbor to dig deeper and solve the root of the problem even when they wish to die. As the Torah teaches, "Do not stand idly by as your neighbor's blood is shed" Leviticus No one would consider it moral to yell "jump" to a person standing on a high ledge. The bystander on the street would presume that the potential jumper is distraught and needs emotional support and help. So perhaps the real ethical question is not "why does Maggie want to die?
As a society we would rather take a person's cry for help as a cry for death, rather than adequately fund the social services necessary to help people choose not to die.
It has been repeatedly shown that for a terminally ill patient in a hospice, the desire to live or die is closely tied to the quality of pain relief and emotional support.
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Why isn't Maggie offered any psychiatric treatment for her depression? The message is that disappointment over a shattered dream is a greater tragedy than death itself. A study was done of those who survived attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Almost uniformly, these people reported regretting their decision to jump.
One man told New Yorker magazine that upon jumping, "I instantly realized that everything in my life that I'd thought was unfixable, was totally fixable -- except for having just jumped. Shneidman, founder of the American Association of Suicidology, explained: Eye to the Future Is it really possible for a person to want to live following an injury like Maggie's? We need not look to the world of fiction for an answer. Let's look at the real-life experience of someone who was at the height of fame and then suffered a devastating injury similar to Maggie's.
Christopher Reeve, better known as Superman, fractured his neck in an equestrian accident, leaving him quadriplegic and dependent on a respirator to breathe. Yet after a short period of despair, he chose to make life matter and become an advocate for the disabled. Specifically because of his fame, he was able to sensitize the world to the plight of the disabled and become an unrelenting crusader for stem cell research and spinal cord injury research.
As Rabbi Avi Shafran writes: There was always a poignant irony in the fact that someone famed for portraying a man with superhuman strength became, in a tragic instant, utterly dependent on others for his every need.
But it's even more strikingly ironic that Christopher Reeve's most formidable accomplishments, what he will undoubtedly be remembered for above all else, came after he became a quadriplegic. While the fictional Maggie is convinced that her life is over after her injury, the real Christopher Reeve chose to define himself not as the movie star he had been, but rather by his future potential -- limited in some respects, but boundless nonetheless.
The Tragedy of Million Dollar Baby
The key is focusing on future potential and goals, not dwelling on the past and "what might have been, if only…" The approach of one police officer at the Golden Gate Bridge, who has convinced more than potential jumpers not to jump, was described in New Yorker: He starts talking to a potential jumper by asking, "How are you feeling today? If it doesn't work out, you can always come back here later.
In the end, the real tragedy of Million Dollar Baby is not the heart-wrenching decision that Frankie has to make. His decision to kill Maggie is abhorrent from a Jewish perspective.