I know, I know. I’m such a cliche. I picked the first thing Dell on Movies (Wendell, who kindly hosted this Blogathon for us to participate in) mentioned in his ‘Tears of a Clown’ post. But after years of seeing Steve Carell in goofy, silly roles, I was totally blown away by his unnerving performance in “Foxcatcher.” So, without further ado, I present my valid (if derivative) choice.
DIRECTED BY BENNETT MILLER
Eew, look at those teeth…
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Carell transforms himself into deeply disturbed millionaire John Du Pont in the 2014 docudrama, “Foxcatcher.” Steve Carell has played in a ton of comedies, including “The Office” (didn’t like,) “The 40-year-old Virgin” (didn’t watch,) and the “Despicable Me” movies (family favorites.) But nothing he’s done has come close to his work in “Foxcatcher,” a movie I went to see in the theater although I really wanted to watch something else that had recently stopped playing (“Big Eyes,” which later turned out to be awful.) “Foxcatcher” is a biopic in the best sense, because it makes you feel like you’re watching the events unfold. Carell undergoes heavy prosthetic as a rich, drug-addicted Schizophrenic and watched thousands of hours of the real man in order to adopt his inflections and mannerisms. It shows. He does a good job building dread by behaving in a way that’s not-quite-right throughout without being in-your-face about his disorder. Channing Tatum, as the up-and-coming wrestler Du Pont takes under his wing to become one of the greats, and Mark Ruffalo, as his brother, are outstanding too. The people in the theater during “Foxcatcher” were almost unnaturally quiet, as if scared to breathe. It’s definitely a movie I’ll remember for a long time.