Bennett Miller, director of Capote and Moneyball, again proves himself a master of fact-based dramas with Foxcatcher, which turns the true story of the ill-fated relationship between champion wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and their multi-millionaire benefactor John du Pont into a gripping psychological thriller. Channing Tatum’s Mark and Ruffalo’s Dave both won gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Yet Mark still feels overshadowed by the older, more confident Dave and is ready to accept the twisted mentorship of the filthy rich scion of the du Pont chemical dynasty, who has set up a wrestling training camp at his sprawling Foxcatcher estate and has delusional ideas of himself as an inspirational coach and guide. Boasting compelling performances by Tatum, Ruffalo and, behind a beaky prosthetic nose, a near-unrecognisible Steve Carell as du Pont, Foxcatcher pins the viewer to the mat with its emotionally resonant tale of class, ambition, patriotism and the pursuit of sporting excellence.
Foxcatcher is the American Express Gala at the Odeon Leicester Square at 7.15pm tonight and shows at the Odeon West End at 12noon on Friday 19th October, and goes on general release from Friday 9th January 2015.