Aroview: Premium Hollywood biopic has Russell Crowe sluggin' it out as real-life prizefighter Jim Braddock, who during the Great Depression rose from poverty to work through his working-class demons and personal dramas in the boxing ring.
Visualised with flair and care by dir. Howard from an excellent script, this sketches a convincing ashen-toned 1930s backdrop, building through Crowe's marriage woes and joys to a punishing 20-minute finale with the German Aryan posterboy Max Baer (Bierko). If the triumph-of-the-underdog spirit tends to predictably infuse every round of this drama, it's still a cracker yarn right to the final bell.
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3 stars (Good Enough) Although overlong the story is set in an interesting period & is well represented by the sets & wardrobe. Braddock was a working-class underdog & his story is therefore worthy of telling. Hopefully, this drama should tempt one to find out more about him.~tubbs