Well, I thought I’d write you all something for Christmas Eve. Why not write something about one of my favorite films of the year? Foxcatcher is definitely a movie you should go rush out and see to get in the Christmas spirit (just kidding, it is not a happy movie about a guy that catches foxes and treats them well as pets). It is a movie about how wealth can not buy you happiness.
No matter how wealthy John Du Pont (Steve Carell, The Way, Way Back) is, he will never be able to have what he truely wants – love, admiration, and recognition. While his mother isn’t heavily involved on scree, John’s family values have caused him to seek the seal of approval from his mother.
This along with never having a real friend has brought him to utilize his experienceless coaching ability to buy the two best wrestlers in the United States – Mark (Channing Tatum, 22 Jumpstreet) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo, The Avengers).
From here, Foxcatcher goes down a very dark path of paranoa, sexual tension, dominance and questions of loyalty. Therefore, I draw my connection to Christmas – money will never buy you happiness, nor will it ever buy you true friendship. In addition, being the best won’t ever make you truely happy, nor connect you with people that actually care about you.
You will get used in life. The harsh truth is that everyone is used. Mark Schultz was used for multiple things (some darker than others – I’m pretty sure he was a sex toy).
With that… hold the people who care about you the most the closest, and let the people that are out there to use you go find someone else to suck their energy out.
Also, may as well go see Foxcatcher, it should get some Oscar buzz along with teaching some great lessons. Steve Carell is at least my choice for Best Actor this year.
By: Jonny Havey