| Cinderella Man (2005) |
I just saw Cinderella Man the other night. (I'm not a big Russell Crowe fan but I thought he was very good in it.)
The movie is, I think, extremely father positive. James Braddock is portrayed in the film as a loving, devoted father who would do anything for his kids. (He tries to box with a broken hand, he works the docks with a broken hand, he signs on for a fight that he's supposed get creamed in just to be able to get the money to turn the lights and heat on so he can get his kids back.)
He is a role model, an involved, playful dad and a moral mentor. I'm not a boxing fan myself but the boxing scenes were terrifically choreographed and I found myself reflexively dodging blows. Some might find the story exaggerated and the characters overdrawn but it worked for me.
- Reviewed by Don
I could go on and on about this flick but I'll distill it into one lasting impression - INTEGRITY. JJ Braddock displayed this trait daily to everyone, especially his children.
From disciplining his thieving son without raising a hand, or his voice. Making him admit his mistake in front of the person from whom he stole, and then impressing upon him that no matter what, no matter how bad things are, stealing is wrong. He made him promise to his face that he would never steal again. Finally, he gave his son his word that he would never send him away and although this promise was indirectly broken, he put away his pride and accepted welfare and even begged for money so that he could fulfill the promise he had made.
To top it off, he paid back every cent he took from the state. And, in my opinion, this kind of trait exists in the fiber of every man, it just takes a father/mentor to show the way. He did it all without expecting a word of thanks or a pat on the back. He did it because it is what a man is supposed to do - protect and support his family. A hero to his kids, a loving husband, a giant among men.
- Reviewed by Mikanakawa
Rated: PG-13 for intense boxing violence and some foul language.
Duration: 2 hours 24 minutes