Cinderella Man (2005)
USA / English
"One man's extraordinary fight to save the family he loved. "The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.
Old story well told!
Geez, another boxing movie! Yeah, Yeah, I know the story. Down and out
guy gets a break and makes the most of it. He's fighting for his
family, he's fighting for all those other hopeless people. Been there,
Oh, I forgot to mention one thing. This movie is about the best 140
minute I've spent in a movie theater since . . . . since . . . ., Oh,
well, you get the picture. Better yet, instead of getting the picture,
go see it.
Russell Crowe owns the character of James Braddock, the unlikely hero
who makes the most of his second chance. He's a good fighter turned
hack. Injury, bad luck and this thing called the Depression sends him
down the drain.
His wife, Mae, played by Renee Zelleweger, wants to be his biggest fan,
but the kids need a dad, the rent has to get paid and the money from
boxing dried up along time ago. Her husband's courage is undoubted, but
his nerve is killing her.
And then there's Joe Gould, played by Paul Giamatti.
A boxer by the name of George Cochan once told me his manager was the
bravest man he ever knew, he was willing to pit his man (Cochan)
against anyone. As a result, Cochan had his head handed to him multiple
times by the likes of Jake LaMotta and other class middle weights of
the Forties and Fifties. Gould, is that brave manager, if not
literally, in spirit. He pits Braddock, out of shape and with one day
notice, against the number two heavy weight contender. Regardless of
the risk, it's a pay day needed by both Gould and Braddock.
The story, while familiar, is executed brilliantly. The camera work is
both subtle and, in turn, spectacular. Craig Bierko, Paddy Considine,
Bruce McGill and the rest of the cast give flawless performances.
Yes, been there, done that! And I'm ready to do it again for anyone who
wants to go with me.
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