Year of Release: 2005
Director: Ron Howard
Approx. Running Time: 145 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER!"
Academy Award winners Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger star in this triumphant, powerfully inspiring true story. In a time when America needed a champion, an unlikely hero would arise, proving how hard a man would fight to win a second chance for his family and himself. Suddenly thrust into the national spotlight, boxer Jim Braddock would defy the odds against him and stun the world with one of the greatest comebacks in history. Driven by love for his family, he willed an impossible dream to come true.
Russell Crowe and director Ron Howard reunite to bring us another bio-pic. This time the subject they've chosen is James J. Braddock, a depression-era boxer who'd been considered washed-up, but who rose again.
As to the accuracy of this film in terms of how it compares to the real James Braddock, I cannot say. I know nothing of his life and have no real interest in his career or boxing in general. What I can say of this film, is that it gives us a very honest portrayal of life during the depression - a man begging for work, struggling every day just to feed his family, sometimes succeeding, sometimes not.
This is, of course, a film meant to warm the heart and move the soul and, in both, it succeeds. However, because of the subject matter - namely, boxing - this is not a film I am inclined to watch again and again, hence the 3 star rating.
Rated PG-13 (MPAA)