Release Date: June 3rd, by Universal Pictures.
The Cast: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger,Paul Giamatti
BASIC PREMISE: During the Great Depression, Jim Braddock (Crowe) gains riches as well as stardom when he is trained by a famous trainer (Giamatti) to win a boxing championship.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Everything from the costume design to the sets perfectly captures the tone of the Depression era. It is a pleasure to watch a film with so much attention to detail. The cinematography is also exceptional. But what really makes this film stand above many other films this summer is the superb acting, especially that of Crowe and Zellweger. The burden lies on Crowe's shoulder and he carries the film very well--you laugh, cry and cheer for as well as with him. The film is based on a true story so it must be told--and it is important to be told as well. Although Paul Giamatti has slimmed down since his last performance in Sideways, he still remains very charismatic and likeable. Although the ending is predictable, the musical score and cinematography helps to make the final third of the film very riveting.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: There are a few very inspirational messages in this film. One is that you should always have faith in what you love, even if you have failed in the past. After watching this film, you will appreciate not only the food that you have on your table, but the family that unconditionally loves and supports you in many different ways. With hard work, hope, persistence and patience, anything is possible. The uplifting ending made me want to get up and cheer out of pure joy.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
THE BOTTOM LINE: The first Oscar-worthy film of the year. It should be nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, Best Screenplay, and even Best Picture. It should--and will--be remembered through the Oscar season.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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