Shadows contribute to enhance the drama in this movie, and so does the original music score. Morgan Freeman’s voice over is a special treat, because it enhances the drama as well. Clint Eastwood is superb, as always, as both actor and director; Morgan Freeman, as Scraps, a former boxer left blind in his last fight, also shines as always. Although this movie is usually described as a tearjerker, it didn’t have that effect on me; I don’t know if it was because I had read so much about the movie before seen it.
I got the impression that Hilary Swank didn’t deserve this Oscar, despite being a good performance; it was good but it wasn’t unforgettable, unlike Annette Bening’s performance that same year in “Being Julia”.