Quick thoughts on…
“Cinderella Man” —– It’s the story of a once-promising boxer who’s forced into retirement after a string of losses. But the man finds himself back in the ring, ripe to become a hero during the Great Depression. Will his comeback be successful? Will they make a movie about him if he failed?


Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

Ron Howard

Russell Crowe as boxer James Braddock really comes through for Ron Howard’s “Cinderella Man.” The Aussie actor nicely brings in a subtle performance. I like the way his eyes seem to gleam both something manic and earnest. My biggest pet peeve with the movie is the way the fights are filmed. Too many camera movements. Too many quick cuts. I wish the camera could stand still for a sec and let us watch boxing. I guess after watching a pay-per-view fight earlier this year, I become more appreciative of the sport. “Cinderella Man” is a decent movie. It takes about 40 minutes for the movie to hook you, but it is pretty entertaining until the predictable end.GRADE: B+