Tuesday: 07.June.2005

Cinderella Man: Rad film / movie review

Saw Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe & Renee Zellweger. A Ron Howard film. While waiting for the show to start, I overheard a guy across the aisle say, "Ron Howard has never directed a bad film."

Not sure if that's true, but he's one of the few directors whose every film I see. He spoke at the USC Film school graduation a few years back. Surprisingly humble for a guy who won the Oscar for Best Director (2001, A Beautiful Mind), noting how he *still* has to fight executives for creative control of his films.

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Strong reviews. Rotten Tomatoes rated it "Certified Fresh". Based on a true story about a gutsy Irish boxer from Jersey named James Braddock, who became a hero to the downtrodden during the Great Depression (not the most romantic period in our nation's history). Much of the story is heartbreaking, yet inspiring nonetheless. The word determination comes to mind.

The audience applauded at the end. Hadn't seen that in a while. Except for a few clever transitions, the movie doesn't try anything fancy. Like the fighter himself, it's just a solid film that tells an inspiring story.

Like most Ron Howard films, attention is paid to the details, which makes it seem real. A few ladies in the audience *gasped* in parts, which means they were emotionally immersed.

You're not sure how it will end until the very end. And also like the fighter, the film finishes strong. Easy to recommend. If I had to say something bad, I'd say some parts were slow. Trailers here. More info about the fighter James Braddock posted here.

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Posted by Rad at June 7, 2005 06:43 PM

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