Through a narrow view, Foxcatcher is about a man who was trying to live up to his mother’s expectations. Coming from a prestigious ancestry, the protagonist John du Pont silently bears their reputation like a weight carried in his mind. His mother only appears in a couple of scenes, looking at him with dissatisfaction, and we sense a powerful influence.
Du Pont, played by Steve Carell with a partly prosthetic face, is an observing character who holds his chin up in forced pride. It appears that he has a genuine interest in bird-watching although later it suddenly shifts to Olympic wrestling. He decides to start a training camp and employs a team of wrestlers to represent America in the next Olympic event. The trainer he hires is a former gold medalist named Mark Schultz.
Schultz (Channing Tatum) is another troubled individual. He’s a winner of his sport but doesn’t behave accordingly. Something is incredibly lacking for him and du Pont’s invitation to train and live in his estate provides him with an opportunity to be motivated. Like du Pont, Mark is seeking to be more than just reputable – his caring older brother is also a gold medalist and is played by Mark Ruffalo who gives the best performance in the film.
This unusual relationship between Mark Schultz and DuPont is what constitutes the movie. Mark grows to respect du Pont not only as a benefactor but also a friend. But what about du Pont? His ambition is to be responsible for creating team Foxcatcher, the wrestling team that would secure him with another accomplishment for his family’s legacy. Apart from that, he shows little interest in befriending anyone.
Foxcatcher, directed by Bennett Miller and which is based on a true story, is an absorbing drama that develops its events and characters at a creeping pace. It fails to maintain a consistent line of events (from the point when Mark and du Pont celebrate their victory at a convention, the next scene jumps too far forward to Marks degenerating habits). But it contains a lot of mystery and provokes thoughts on the misguided paths of human nature.