Bravo Ronnie Howard! Cinderella Man has it all. From beginning to end it had me with it’s emotions, it’s action and it’s drama. I believe this is one of the best movies I have seen this year and I urge you to rent or Netflix this one.
I have not been a huge Russell Crowe fan, but I must say that he did a great job with this role. Crowe stars as boxer James Braddock in a true story involving the ups and downs of Braddocks career and life. Braddock was a promising boxer in the late 1920s but soon accumalated many loses and was shunned by the professional boxing world. Enter the Great Depression, a severly broken hand and a lack of employment and we see a man struggling to keep his family alive and together. Braddock gets back in the ring and the “Cinderella Man” starts doing something amazing, winning and winning again.
Boxing films have never been a big favorite of mine either, but this film has such a good mix of real life and the genuine emotions that are displayed by a man driven by love for his wife and family. Crowe has a great cast around him, including Renee Zellweger who plays Mae Braddock, James’ wife. Paul Giamatti gives a great performance as Braddock’s manager as does Craig Bierko as mean and nasty boxing champ Max Baer. By the way, here is a fact you might not know. Max Baer’s son is Max Baer Jr. Us older folks might recognize that name as the actor who played Jethro on the Beverly Hillbillies.
With all that said, this was a magnificent movie with superb action in the ring and the drama of struggling for life outside the ring. Although Crowe sounded a bit like Stallone, this was no Rocky!
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