“Cinderella Man”

I was lucky enough to see Cinderella Man in a preview screening about 10 days ago, and it was truly a great film. Ron Howard does a good job of really telling 2 stories – one is an intimate, personal story about a family (Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger and their kids) struggling to get by during the Depression. The other is a more standard-issue story of a boxer coming out of nowhere to rise to new heights a la Rocky, even though this is based on a true story.

The first story really grips you, it is unbelievably realistic, and makes you care even more about Crowe as he wins a major boxing match the night after drawing money from the unemployment line! Ron Howard and Russell Crowe strike gold for a second straight time, after A Beautiful Mind.

The main drawback is the movie’s title – young men and boys might get turned off by it, even though this was the nickname the newspapers gave Crowe’s character in real life. Zellweger’s character also seems hard to believe that she could be so perfect in every way, but these are very minor complaints, go see it!

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