Cinderella Man is one of my favourite biopic films to date. We watched this for VIDPRD1. I’m not really a big fan of sports-related films, but this is an exception. Boxing is a big thing in our country and I guess it helped me appreciate it more than just a simple fist fight.
Everything about this movie is simply honest about the era’s situation. The Great Depression, riots, poverty, and other things that were presented in the film were very real and it added depth to the film’s story. How the characters reacted to the situation really pulled some heartstrings.
I really loved how James Braddock values his family; how he teaches his children to be moral and upright despite challenging circumstances. Despite of his image as a boxer, he was a man filled with values, a man who had depth. He wasn’t simply a fighter for fame and fortune. He’s a fighter with a cause. That is something, which I think is rare these days.
The characters for me were well done. You could feel every emotion in every word they say, or every movement they make. They were able to feel their character’s inner turmoil that would result to perfectly enacting the life of the characters involved in the film. One of these characters is the coach of James Braddock who was portrayed by Paul Giamatti. Though he was just a supporting character in the film, you could feel every word he says, the desperation, the firmness, the fighter in him that clearly portrays the life of Braddock’s coach.
I’ve watched this movie several times, and it never failed to pull my heartstrings. The story of overcoming challenges that would require physical and emotional endurance was something that made me love this movie among the rest. It is a reminder to us that we can overcome any challenges, as long as we have something worth fighting for.