Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Cinderella Man

I just watched "Cinderella Man" for the second time and was reminded how much I enjoyed it the first time. I recommend it highly, despite the violence (it is a boxing movie, after all) and some very bad language. The movie is about moral strength and courage. I suspect the reason it was not critically acclaimed is that the protagonist, boxer James Braddock, goes on public relief during the Depression and-- gasp!-- not only does not want to do so, but is ashamed of doing so. And then, after he returns to success in the ring, he pays the money back.

Can't imagine why those story elements would not appeal to the average MSM movie critic, can you? Anyway, see the movie.


Blogger The Kosher Hedgehog said...

Based solely on reviews, I did not like the way that this film portrayed Max Baer, who was a sweetheart, not the vicious animal that the screenwriters, for purposes of providing a villain for this movie, made him out to be. The scene in which he suggests to the hero's wife that he will keep her company after he kills her husband in the ring is pure fiction, and a mean-spirited libel of a dead person's reputation. 

Posted by Kosher Hedgehog

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger The Hedgehog said...

Apparently the movie depiction of Baer is fairly accurate, except for the remorseless killer persona. There's an interesting summary of Baer's life, in the context of the movie, here . 

Posted by The Hedgehog

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 6:31:00 AM  
Blogger Doug H. said...

It's a terrific movie, although I was also troubled by the depiction of Baer. Depicting him as a remorseless killer, and hiding the Star of David on his shorts were unecessary. I don't think you needed to make the audience hate Baer in order for them to find the story incredibly compelling. 

Posted by Doug H.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 1:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cinderella Man," an astonishing film that's simply perfect.I'm not a fan of boxing, but this movie got through me with all its soulfulness. A powerful and very sensible movie, inspired by a true story.If you never see boxing film before then watch cinderella man movie really its a good movie to see.....

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