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Cinderella Man


A glowing early review from Variety (non-spoilery)

An exquisite ode to a working-class hero, "Cinderella Man" takes the almost impossibly perfect elements of the saga of underdog boxer James J. Braddock and fills it with emotional gravitas, wrenching danger and a panoramic sense of American life during the Great Depression. Oscar winner "A Beautiful Mind" seems a warmup to this main event, in which helmer Ron Howard grasps the full measure of artistry he's often reached for, and gifted thesp Russell Crowe limns a role he seems born to play. Universal's summer release strategy seems riskier than Braddock's final bout, but solid, sustained B.O. boosted by glowing critical response -- with a late-round re-release during awards season -- could deliver winning results...

Woo!

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frooshoo
May. 20th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
I've wanted to see that since I saw the preview, plus I'm a boxing fan, plus I do know who Braddock was, plus it's set in the Depression era, plus Russell Crowe, who I think without even seeing it does a remarkable job in it.

Thank you for this!
halfdutch
May. 20th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to it! Except for the Renee Zellweger, sigh. But I'll just suck it up and go.
frooshoo
May. 20th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
I know...but Russell in that role should trump Renee...*smile*, but you know, sometimes the action sequences in these movies have you thinking about them so much, or you get so wrapped up in them, you don't pay attention to other things.
halfdutch
May. 20th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I saw 'Proof of Life' despite Meg Ryan, who I also find annoyingly cutesy. So I'll survive. And I liked Renee as Bridget Jones. She was like a whole different person! ;-D

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