Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Movie Review: Cinderella Man

Well since Randy buckled under the boredom and we went to see this Friday afternoon I guess it still counts as a movie club movie. So here's my review:

Ron Howard once again shows why he is a master at making movies based on real life events. With 'Cinderella Man' he continues in the tradition of 'Apollo' and 'A Beautiful Mind' in making a historical movie that no only recounts the big events that became famous, but also adds all the little touches that make it all seem more real.

Not only is this a great story about a depression era boxer, but it also gives great insight into an time in history that is not usually given too much attention. Watching this movie you really get a feel for what life must have been like back then.

The acting throughout the film is terrific. From Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger (the two Hollywood heavy hitters) to another in a long line of strong performances from Paul Giamatti, everyone seems to play their parts to perfection. Everyone down to the three child actors, though in their cases with relatively limited screen time, just does a great job.

For those worried about this turning into another 'Rocky' style picture, do not worry. While boxing is one of the central ideas of the film, the majority of the movie happens far away from an actual ring. This is a picture that is much more about the family life and perseverance of a depression era man named James J Braddock, who just happens to box.

Probably one of, if not the best film of the year so far.

4.5 out of 5


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