Cinderella Man Reviews
Director: Ron Howard
Lead Actors: Russell Crowe/Renee Zellweger
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.
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.
I personally like this one more than most of the Rocky series (please don't kill me). The final fight is absolutely epic.
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.