Halfway through the film Morgan Freeman delivers this line of narration, "To make a fighter you gotta strip them down to bare wood". That is the perfect representation of Million Dollar Baby in my opinion. It is stripped down to bare wood. It is a film which is stripped down to the simplest form. All it has, and all it needs is a great story and great characters. That is it. No need for complicated plot lines or intricate set pieces. Clint Eastwood shows that all you need to make a good movie is a great story and good characters to aid the story. Million Dollar Baby is proof that simple films can always be good no matter how the movie industry evolves, simple story and character driven films will always have a place.