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Cinderella Manis a wholesome slice of old-fashioned Americana, offering welcomed relief from the shallowness of many summer blockbusters. In dramatizing the legendary Depression-era comeback of impoverished boxer Jim Braddock, director Ron Howard benefits from another superb collaboration with hisA Beautiful Mindstar Russell Crowe, whose portrayal of Braddock is simultaneously warm, noble, and tenacious without resorting to even the slightest hint of sentimental melodrama. The desperate struggle of the Depression is more keenly felt here than it was inSeabiscuit, and Howard shows its economic impact in ways that strengthen the bonds between Braddock, his supportive wife (Renée Zellweger) and three young children, and his loyal manager (Paul Giamatti); all are forced to make sacrifices leading up to Braddock's title bout against heavyweight champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko) in one of greatest boxing matches in the history of the sport. Boasting the finest production design, cinematography and editing that Hollywood can offer, this is a feel-good film that never begs for your affection; it's just good, classical American filmmaking, brimming with qualities of decency and fortitude that have grown all too rare in the big-studio mainstream.--Jeff Shannon
Excellent, excellent movie...... Cinderella Man is the story of passion, hearbreak, and ultimately triumph as one man struggles to fight for what he believes in as a nation cheers him on because they believe he fights for them as well.
Russel Crowe and Renee Zellwegger star as a husband and wife who live in the 1930's during the Great Depression and suffer one hardship after another. James J. Braddock [Crowe] was a professionl boxer who was on top of his game during the late 1920's. Supported by his wife Mae [Zellwegger] and his energetic coach Joe [played by Paul Giomatti] he never lost a fight and was never knocked out during his 80 fights in his illustrious career.
However after one fatal fight Braddock's hand is broken and just like that he is let go. Despite harsh bad luck following him during the next few years his wife sticks by his side no matter what. It is simply wonderful seeing Crowe and Zellweger work together to make you really relate to them and what they have to go through. From working to find work shifts each and everyday, to having to send their kids away for a few days after they lose their electricity and heat, this is a couple worthy of a good fortune in their future.
That good fortune comes in the form of James' old coach who comes and gives him another chance a year later to fight one last fight. This is where the movie really picks up speed and doesn't make you want to stop playing it. Bit by bit, fight by fight, Braddock starts to regain that old style and starts to make people believe in something again.
The story is touching and truly is inspiring as Crowe does his best to make people believe that the real James Braddock was just a man who loved his family and only competed in fights so he could put more money on the table for his children and wife.
The biggest challenge of Braddock's life shows his face near the end of the story as he takes on Max Haer, a man who is as dangerous in the ring as he is full of himself, and he is really dangerous. The climax fight is something to be seen by itself, really hard hitting and the atmosphere is really captivating to watch.
The extras include:
Fans talking about the real Jim Braddock and how he inspired them
Deleted Scenes and Commentary from director Ron Howard
Ron Howard and Russel Crowe talking about how they made Crowe into Jim Braddock
And Angelo Dundee, a famous trainer, shows a look at the real life of boxing.
This is one movie that needs to be seen, it has to be. The movie is touching, intriguing, full of drama and even humor. One movie that is definately recommended.
Moving Story Cinderella Man is the real life story of Jim Braddock, a depression era boxer who went from a washed up has been to the ultimate glory of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. After a long layoff from boxing and struggling to feed his family, Braddock went on an unbelievable winning streak, eventually landing a heavyweight championship match with Max Bear. While the movie is a bit over dramatized leading up to the championship match, it's a superb and moving story. Two thumbs up.GREATEST THING IN EXISTANCE!!! Not since "Them!" has a movie excited me! I mean, the actors, the story, the emotion. I can't believe people are actually flaming this movie! Russell Crowe is at his best in this movie, as with the rest of the actors in this movie.
If you don't have this magnificent movie, then get it now! It's great. Almost as great as sarcasm.