David is the perfect narrator and Jackson is amazing as Johnson. A true hero for boxers, an idol for hedonists and a pioneer of conspicuous consumption and reckless driving. All the more remarkable for doing what he liked a century ago. The amount of racism back then is RIDICULOUS. It's hard to imagine the world before World War 1. The first movie shown at the White House was Birth of a Nation!? Ooooo... He really shouldn't have fought the younger, taller opponent. Strangely it doesn't mention the wrench patent he got while in prison. 3.5 hours was longer than necessary.
It has "exquisite cinematography", "rich character" and "fierce action" but the music is just terrible. They play the same horrid song for multiple fights, totally kills the enjoyment. A complete absence of a score would improve this movie.