Cinderalla Man (2005)

Mitchell, 26. May 2007, 18:50
Cinderella Man
with Russell Crowe, Rene Zellweger, and Paul Giamatti; directed by Ron Howard

This film owes a lot to Rocky.

Crowe is (predictably) very good in this movie about James. J. Braddock, a Depression-era boxer who defeated the legendary Max Baer and later lost the title to Joe Louis. I like the film, but you know how I wrote that Rocky totally affected me, despite its major shortcomings as a film? Cinderella Man seemed to have difficulty affecting me, despite its excellent performances.

It’s a bit heavy-handed, which I guess is what does it for me. Or doesn’t do it for me, really. Until 2/3 of the way through the film, I though Zellweger was very good, but then she got kinda Adrian-like and I didn’t really need to see that. Crow continues to amaze me with how well he plays Americans.

The real star is Giamatti, who steals the show here. Have I mentioned recently that I really like him?

Worth seeing, but don’t plan to be blown away.

7/10.

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