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Can't understand the 67% critics percentage for this film. Rather than a biopic of arguably the greatest sportsman who ever lived this instead concentrates on the 10 year period from 1964 to 1974 starting with his fight with Sonny Liston, becoming heavyweight champion of the world, his refusal to fight in Vietnam, his title being being stripped of him, his friendship with Malcolm X, his conversion to Islam and his Rumble In The Jungle fight with George Forman.
Will Smith's best dramatic performance by far and excellent edited fight scenes and very well directed by Michael Mann. Highly recommended.
The best inspiring sports movie ever made!
A remarkable movie !!!
Superb movie , will Smith is amazing
Great biopic, good acting, and the boxing matches very well done. More than just a sports movie.
I was really interested in watching this but was super disappointed. It was so boring.
say my name..
There are some genuine emotional moments and high pitched dramatic sequences that brings out the best of director and actor but somewhere between an overlong runtime of 157 minutes these scenes are overpowered by dull and mundane biographical natured stills. Ali is adapted smartly and focuses on the after events of his fame and not on its upbringing unlike any other biographies. Michael Mann whose depiction has always seemed a bit eerie to me, works like a charm here but fails to deliver more than that. Will Smith oozes power in each and every frame (especially the 'say my name' fighting sequence) along with great supporting cast like Jamie Foxx and Jon Voight. Ali is a work of art, only if it is to depict and create the reality onto the screen because as far as drama is concerned it lacks gripping screenplay to hold the audience through the last round.
i only watched this because i know very little about the life of muhammad ali, so i figured it might be interesting. while he and his life are interesting, the movie is not. it is uselessly long and ridiculously boring. so many long extensive scenes where nothing happens. the fights were nothing special. the acting was good. (1 viewing)
Attempting to encapsulate perhaps the busiest and most significant years in the life of transcendent Boxing legend Muhammed Ali, Michael Mann constructs a visually striking though not always emotional stirring portrait of the man and his exploits, both in and out of the ring. The film goes on for too long and many scenes could be cut or trimmed, such as a pointlessly extended segment of Ali jogging in Kinshasa. Will Smith is an excellent fit for the part, perfectly aping Ali's mannerisms both inside the ring and out, lashing out at his opponents in rhyming denigration before fights and dancing around the ring during them. The bouts are directed closely but mostly without being overwhelming, and the movements of the camera represent the disorientating nature of an intense boxing match. The lead performance is what sticks out the most, and is what the movie is best remembered for, and with good reason. It was never flat-out boring, but feels like it skips over some major events in favour of lingering on minor ones. Its financial failure is a shame, because there's a lot to admire, both in the aesthetics and the performances, but it didn't quite reach the legendary heights of its subject matter. But to be fair, what possibly could?
Not bad. Certainly not as bad as critics are making it out to be. Made me think about Ali for awhile and wonder about him. Will Smith did a fine job. Not as impress with Voight as everyone else.