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Published:February 1st, 2010 10:18 EST
Cinderella Man review

Cinderella Man Review from The SOP News

By Garrett Godwin

Russell Crowe dons the bow and arrow for the 2010 summer blockbuster season as the legendary Sherwood Forest heroic outlaw Robin Hood.  Throughout his career, the Oscar winner has been called both a rebel and a bad boy on and off screen, yet he also proves to be a fighter with 2000`s Gladiator and in 2005`s Cinderella Man.

Cinderella Man

From director Ron Howard comes the true story of James J. Braddock, once hailed by the press as an up and comer for the next heavyweight championship of the world.  But once the Great Depression hit, things became hard not only for everyone, but also for Jimmy and his family.  To make ends meet, he takes a job working at the docks, but can`t deny his true calling in the ring.  However, everyone called Jimmy a bum, a wash-up, and a has-been past his prime.  Even his loving and patient wife Mae (Renee Zellweger) doesn`t want him to fight again, but Jimmy must because this time, he knows what`s he`s fighting for, and ends up becoming America`s champion and inspiration.

Cinderella Man does have the ingredients of Rocky, for James J. Braddock is a real-life underdog preparing to go the distance against the odds that are overwhelming him and ends up a winner.  Both of these films may be using boxing as an metaphor for dealing with the trials and tribulations of everyday life: getting knocked down more than once but get back up and keep moving forward, going after your dreams and not let anything or anyone stop you, and never forgetting who you are, where you came from, and the people that help you get there.

Like the Rocky series, The Pursuit of Happyness, and the movies that come before and/or after, Cinderella Man is one of the movies for the Great Recession.