I just wasn't looking forward to another
boxing movie, but boy was I wrong.
This is a fresh reminder how American prizefighting
gave an escape route for the working class during hard times
of the Depression.
Ron Howard and his splendid cast have made
a spellbinding film that will be one of boxing's all-time-great
A by-the-book boxing melodrama made great
by exceptional acting, tight directing, and good-old-fashion
At times, this film seems like a cliche--
the underdog training to regain his title--but it's the other
characters that help make it a crowd pleaser: the long-suffering
wife, the former manager (who isn't everything he seems to be),
and the new champion of the ring.
A fine film filled with many great moments.
This is not the usual inspirational movie.
It's more about the human spirit, a story of poverty, disappointments
in life and embarrassments that come along with being poor.
The film is a tale of a husband & wife
struggling, almost everyday, to keep three kids fed & clothed
during the Depression.
is based on the truth about an underdog boxer who had nothing
going for him but an okay right hand and a loving family.
This is a two-hanky flick, but thank God
the happy ending comes from the history books and not the Hollywood