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December 10, 2017
2005 FILM: "CINDERELLA MAN"
Director: Ron Howard
Lead Actors: Russell Crowe/Renee Zellweger
RELENTLESSLY INSPIRATIONAL!
ASTONISHINGLY MONUMENTAL!
UNFORGETTABLY EXTRAORDINARY!
Packing even harder punches than Martin Scorsese's critically acclaimed boxing epic "RAGING BULL" is the ingeniously gripping fact based underdog story of New Jersey boxer James Braddock and his heartbreaking struggles during the Great Depression. A film critic from "TIME OUT" magazine said it best when he stated that "the affection for Braddock and his heartfelt story can be felt in every frame and heard in every word.
Ron Howard's "CINDERELLA MAN" is a cinematic masterpiece that will emotionally bring you to both your knees and to your feet and in my absolute strongest opinion the greatest boxing film of all time and being a surefire lock into my "TOP 20 MUST SEE FILMS BEFORE YOU DIE."
This critically acclaimed film is a career best for the impressive illustrious careers for both director Ron Howard (Apollo 13) and lead actor Russell Crowe (Gladiator). Russell Crowe's magnetic and visceral portrayal of underdog boxer James Braddock is still till this very day one of the most phenomenal acting performances of all time.
November 3, 2017
Wow...just...(sigh) the feels, ya know?
July 7, 2017
An uplifting and inspirational story, especially considering the current economic times.Great movie,good job.
½ June 17, 2017
very good bio film with soilid performances
June 5, 2017
Another fantastic Ron Howard film! Cinderella Man is made with so much heart and passion that you can't help but have a great time. Russel Crowe is phenomenal and owns the character of James Braddock, the ultimate under dog. Paul Giamatti and Renee Zellewegger are both fantastic as well. If you love heartfelt boxing movies this one is definitely for you.
May 4, 2017
An outstanding biopic. I wasn't familiar with the story, and enjoyed being introduced to James Braddock through this film. Russell Crowe should be applauded for the heart he put into the role. (First and only viewing - 10/22/2014)
½ April 1, 2017
Extremely cheesy movie I still really enjoy about a boxer during really hard times back in the 1930's. Russell Crowe is awesome. Good movie. But so over the top with its sentiment. To a point of silliness.
March 12, 2017
Decent film, the cinematography was what stood out to me the most.
March 11, 2017
Another reason for why I love Ron Howard's movies so much.
February 19, 2017
a highly great historical piece about a man just trying to provide for his family filled with depth, great acting all around and the boxing scenes are directed to perfection.
½ February 5, 2017
Ron Howard and Russell Crowe work well together in Cinderella Man, an underdog biopic arguably uplifting.
January 30, 2017
Excellent, too bad it took me this long 2017 to see it.
½ January 27, 2017
I enjoy the sport of Boxing. Every fighter is different or at least fights for different reasons. Its no surprise that I wasn't familiar with James Braddock story as it occurred many decades ago, specifically the 30's. However it still resonates today in this generation, a man that inadvertently became the people's champ and fought to save his family from being poor and being in the streets. Braddock inspired hope and strength for those suffering from the great depression. Ron Howard recognized these attributes and creates a fine story in the sports genre of cinema.
James J Braddock is a fierce fighter in the 1930's but outside of the ring Braddock faced his toughest opponent to date reality. Braddock and his family are one of the many victims of the great depression and after braddock breaks his han in a fight he is forced to do manual labor which can come and go at any moment. This makes life hard and complicated for the Braddock's. But when his longtime friend and manager Joe Gould comes to him with an fight opportunity Braddock takes advantage of it and begins to do things in the ring that shock the world.
This is one of the great comeback boxing films. To think braddock had enough of a comeback to make with a broken arm but to also deal with his own troubles during the worst economic downfall in US history is a killer. A very well adapted script coupled with great directing from Howard
Tremendous performance from Russell crowe. he is so good at portraying true toughness in a lot of his characters. Braddock was both tough in the ring and tough in the face of the great depression which makes routing for him very easy. paul giamatti was excellent as joe gould! this role seemed like a natural fit for him, so believable. Gould and braddock both fought the same fight when it came to the recession. Crowe and giamatti really captured that great friendship and comraderiee the two had.
liked the lighting of the film. tremendous work to the editors of the film. one of the best editing moments I've ever seen in a film came when we see the knockout of john henry lewis and immediately the camera pans around and in one split motion the scene cuts to the figth with lasky, very impressive. Great cinematography especially with the boxing matches. Russell crowe looked great in each fight and you could see the intensity in the bouts. it was almost like you were in his shoes it was so up close and personal. the final fight was as thrilling to watch as the ali foreman fight in Ali.
Cinderella Man is a wonderful boxing story that any fan of the sport will love or anyone that enjoys a great comeback story.
½ December 29, 2016
"Cinderella Man" tells the redemptive story of depression-era boxer James J. Braddock. This story works on two levels. First, Braddock as a man who struggles to provide from his family when The Great Depression limits the number of jobs for working class men. Second, Braddock as a symbol of hope for all Americans who are struggling to get by. Director Ron Howard brings both of these levels together in this period drama. There has been criticism that Max Baer is inaccurately depicted as vicious bully. While he was known to be a gentleman outside of the ring, this depiction personifies the brute that he became inside of the ring; moreover, Baer is an important part of the film's symbolism as the American people must "get into the ring" with their hardships if they want to reverse their desperate situations. The period costumes and atmosphere are an important part of this film but the key to its success is Russell Crowe. He provides the emotions, expression, and believable boxing abilities necessary to connect with the audience as both a father and as a boxer. The other X-factor of this film is Paul Giamatti whose portrayal of manager Joe Gould was rightfully rewarded with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Giamatti is one of my favorite character actors and he brings an incredible amount of heart to this performance. I was rather unimpressed with Renée Zellweger as Braddock's wife. She was an Oscar nominee three years in a row (including a win for "Cold Mountain") so I always have high expectations, but I found that most of the emotion in her scenes were a result of Crowe's acting and not her own. Everything is tied together by a beautiful score by Thomas Newman that keeps us focused on the heart of the story. This heart of the story is the hopes and dreams of America which seemingly all lay on the success of Braddock, though it also works as a great boxing film. The scenes are cut in a fast-paced yet easy to follow manner, which probably accounts of the Best Editing Oscar nomination. "Cinderella Man" is a solid picture that will please a diverse grouping of audience members. This is a great choice whether you are feeling down and looking for inspiration or simply in the mood to experience some American history.
½ December 27, 2016
Even if you are not a big fan of boxing movies, you can't forget the final fight between James Braddock and Max Baer.
½ November 25, 2016
9.0/10
I personally like this one more than most of the Rocky series (please don't kill me). The final fight is absolutely epic.
½ November 15, 2016
Russel Crowe lived the part and owned it. Renee Z was , as usual, natural connected to the male dominant in her out/soft spoken respectful reverence....a good wife, beautiful person. Scenes melded into and through one another seamlessly. A captivating drama/action film that is all heart. A+
½ November 13, 2016
A well-acted solid effort by all parties involved. Cinderella Man is a little over dramatic, and over the top but the performances keep you with it even though you know the result of this well in advance. While there is a lot that is made up to enhance the story, the crux is underdog vs. behemoth.
November 10, 2016
i thought it was a pretty good boxing movie
October 14, 2016
Directed by Ron Howard and based on a true story, "Cinderella Man" is an enjoyable and thrilling underdog story about boxing legend James Braddock who literally fights to put food on the table for his family, However, what he doesn't realize is that the whole country is rooting for him as he is the only entertainment that can cheer up a nation that is struggling through the Great Depression.

The boxing sequences are decent, not "Rocky" level though, and the heart-wrenching underdog story is the perfect combination of touching and powerful. Russell Crowe plays Braddock with such grittiness, but also with a full heart, that his performance is highly memorable in addition to Renée Zellweger who plays his wife. However, Paul Giamatti steals the show with performance as Braddock's trainer and manager.
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