Movie Review – Cinderella Man – Moving

Cinderella Man

In the North American Great Depression, the former successful boxer James Braddock loses all his possessions and savings with the crash of the stock market. His beloved wife Mae Braddock and their three children survive to starvation and lack of heating and the daily difficulties supported by their love. In 1934, when Jim’s couch and manager Joe Gould offers to him a chance to return to boxing, he becomes the symbol of hope of hopeless people in a ruined nation.

A bit of an old movie I know – but I just got around to watching it. Haven’t been catching up with many movies yet – quite a few still to watch.

This movie had a flurry of awards (Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 22 nominations) and rates a very good 8.0/10 on IMDB.

It’s a biographical story of James J. Braddock a real life boxer who was facing tough times during the Great Depression.

Russell Crowe plays Braddock and he plays him very well, but I knew he was a very strong and versatile actor ever since I saw A Beautiful Mind.

Russell Crowe as Braddock

The story starts out a bit slowly, but it really draws you in and once it gets going it doesn’t let you go!

Mrs Mae Braddock is played well by Renée Zellweger and there is a very strong supporting cast, the fights are realistic and bone crunching and the tale of the depression and the hardships is very well told.

There are interesting side characters and in general it’s a very compelling story.

In some ways the rise and fall story reminds me of Rocky, but then that’s pure fiction and this is mostly based on fact.

If you haven’t seen it I suggest you do!

I give it a well worth watching 8/10.




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8 Responses to Movie Review – Cinderella Man – Moving

  1. Rice Blogger December 27, 2007 at 3:15 pm #

    it is a great movie….storyline is good

  2. Mama BoK December 27, 2007 at 3:35 pm #

    Yes.. i liked it too.. 😉 it took me a long time before i watched it.. and shame on me.. coz’ we own a video store.. so we had the first dip at it.. but i only watched it like 6 months after it was released.. hhaha!! slacker eh.. 🙂

  3. zipitup December 27, 2007 at 11:26 pm #

    Hi Shaolin,

    I found what was breaking your site on my Firefox. It is the “No Squint” add-on I had installed which automatically zooms in a page to 110% for me.

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  4. v0ices December 28, 2007 at 1:41 am #

    I am surprised you caught this movie so late!

  5. ShaolinTiger December 28, 2007 at 3:49 pm #

    Rice Blogger: Yah agree worth a watch.

    Mama BoK: Haha not as bad as me – 2 years later.

    zipitup: Ah ok got it, will investigate.

    v0ices: Someone refused to watch it, so had to wait until someone not around.

  6. Ben December 29, 2007 at 11:44 am #

    First time I’m posting, been reading ur blog for past few years, since the 1st PPS bash where someone mentioned ShaolinTiger arrived on stilts. Was curious and surprised to find the nick belonged to an ang moh.

    Ya, good movie. Made my wife cry. She prefers funny movies. It’s storyline is similar to In Pursuit of Happyness (Will Smith). I like both movies, cos they remind me not give up and persevere even when times are bad.

    I like your posts, photography, movie & tech reviews. Good work, man. Keep them coming.

    Have a wonderful 2008!

  7. ShaolinTiger December 31, 2007 at 5:03 pm #

    Ben: Thanks for the comment – appreciate it 🙂 I hope you have a great 2008 as well.

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