Man Movie Review
This is one of those
great movies where you are glad you were able to find tissue in your
That is, you are glad
you didn’t wear make-up, especially eye make-up.
passing out his hat—Russell Crowe shows how he can continually
heighten his performances in this scene by making you feel with him as
he “begs.” He also
shows how he can grow as an actor from an already high level by taking
on a boxer fighting in the ring and successfully making this
“real.” Crowe shows
the effective subtlety of his acting while he hopes for employment at
the docks while surrounded with many, other unemployed men.
and Zellweger argue over the fact she sent the kids away—needed to
show the reality of their situation (this stays with the tone of the
movie—no need to show other realistic scenes such as the kids
arguing over who gets a toy).
in his empty apartment. Acting
like you have made the choice to “lose everything” on an
instinctive bet is something that must be communicated on the big
screen and Giamatti does this well. He shows this again in another strong scene when he
“pitches” to the businessman to give Braddock another fight.
As far as the boxing
scenes, something that was very much appreciated was how Howard started
these scenes. None of them started with Crowe and his opponent facing each
other from their corners and about to fight. This was shown only after the fight started and the latter rounds
were about to begin. So every
time a fight was about to be shown, it started with the fight already
Shots from the
“ceiling” are appreciated. The
panning of the camera in the dark to move from one fight to another is a
great use of transition.
The detail of the
robe—Braddock uses someone else’s when he begins his “second
chance” and uses his own when he fights Baer in the end.
Crowe, Giamatti, and
Zellweger make the triumvirate that make this movie work. Ron Howard may have had a difficult time choosing which scenes to
keep because for sure, there must have been many to choose from.