October 9, 2012
Movie Review: Cinderella Man
The movie that I will be reviewing is Cinderella Man. Directed by Ron Howard and stars Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger and Craig Bierko. The story is about James Braddock, who is a light heavyweight boxer, who was forced to retire from the ring after breaking his hand in the last fight. His wife Mae had hoped for years and years that he would quit boxing before really messing himself up. James works as a laborer at the docks but he still has ambitions to box. A couple years after his last fight, his old manager wants him to be a last minute substitute against the world’s second-ranked boxer. James agrees to fight, looses a couple times but then eventually steps his game up and wins. The point of view in the story is first person. I suppose this point of view was used by the director to give the audience a perspective of James’s life. The mood of the story is surprising. It is surprising because when you watch James during fights, you’ll never know if he will give up or win. Cinderella Man takes place in New York and New Jersey during the great depression. It is important to the story because it was a time when people experienced the worst economic hardship in the United States history. The main characters are James Braddock, who is an ex-prizefighter, Mae Braddock, James’s wife and Joe Gould, a boxing manager. Its intended audience are sports and boxing lovers, because the movie features many fights. The main theme of the film is that that no matter how dim things look and how unrealistic goals can be, you can always achieve them if you work hard enough. In my opinion, I think the actors did an excellent job, the acting was not bad nor lines being cheesy. They used a lot of emotion and expressing when saying their lines. In my opinion, I think the movie was perfect the way it was, I really enjoyed and it also made me want to achieve my dream goals in life.