Cinderella Man Review

I am not half as strong as you are…..‘ These words uttered by Mae Braddock seem more funny to me towards the climax than Paul Giamatti’s acid wit, for its irony. It is her character rather, rather than Crowe’s that is dominating here. James Braddock(Russel Crowe) thinks he is risking everything when he agrees to fight Max Baer, a man who has killed two in the ring. I rather think it is Mae who is making the bigger sacrifice, unrelenting on her stance to not let her husband fight. She prefers a poverty-ridden, shameful existence rather than being a rich widow. That’s love.

The setting is of the Great Depression. Braddock is an old, arthritic boxer and this is not a screwball from James McKay, it’s a serious offering from Ron Howard. Believe me, watching more and more movies gives a critic clarity. I have never preferred the term ‘critic’ however, makes me sound like a ‘movie-ripping-monster’ of sorts. I am passionate towards this art-form. And that will dictate my writings ahead, so if you like to read them who give you rational reviews, I would suggest closing the tab right now because I am just about to write exactly what I am feeling, deep down inside.

If this had been the only movie that I had watched today, I would have given this movie a 9.3 rating, for sure. That unfortunately says volumes about my credibility as film-critic (they really need to find a new word for that). Earlier this afternoon, I rewatched a modern classic of-sorts, Silver Linings Playbook. And, well, I can’t really get the hang of the words to describe it for all the words of praises seem a few inches short of aptly describing it. What is relevant with regards to this review, is how a movie which seemed so predictable at the start, ruptured the cliches which seemed to dictate to produce something so beautiful, it felt like that dream you pray so hard to have and remember.

20 something minutes into the movie, I could almost correctly predict the entire plot of Cinderella Man. The fact that it is a true story cannot be an apt defense for it, for I knew the twist of The Usual Suspects before I watched it, and it still had me on the edge of my seats. The movie will be exactly what you hope for, unfortunately, that ain’t swell all times.

But….(Obviously there was a but coming) the passion of a director and the actors can change the entire ball game. And director Ron Howard has loved this tale from all his heart. I hate describing performances, for what can you say that others can’t ? Is Russel Crowe brilliant ? Yeah. Is Renee Zellweger fabulous ? Yes, she is. Is Paul Giamatti amazeballs ? Yes, he is. These are guaranteed actors. You put them in a Razzler worthy movie, and they would still shine. What is beautiful here is the chemistry between them. How real they seem when they care for each other. They really seem to care, believe me.

Salvatore Totino, Howard’s go-to-man, employs those camera flashes to generate a hallucinatory effect through out the movie. Howard excels at recreating the entire excitement that promulgated over America as it cheered for the underdog, the hero of the masses, Braddock.

Did I love the movie ? Hell yeah, I did. It is bounded by the shackles of cliches and that was dampening for me, but you see, and I am guessing you can relate, okay. Do you all have that one member in your family that keeps on saying those same old-stories over and over again, but somehow, although you know it by rote from the start to the end, find yourself drawn to it and you sit there and listen to the whole damned thing ? Why do you do it ? ….. Because he says it with that same zeal and enthusiasm he told it with the first time you hear it. When you really want to tell a story with all your heart, people will sit and listen, no matter what. Howard has that zeal, Howard has that energy. And I am honored to sit and listen.

Folks, here’s a moving picture that actually moves.

Rating :- 8.1 / 10

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Hotel Rwanda Review

There is a scene where the Belgian soldiers arrive at Hotel Rwanda. They are there for evacuating the European refugees (NOT THE AFRICAN ONES). While the Europeans are boarding the bus, a group of orphans arrive. The scene is hauntingly adorned with rain and a song in a language not even marginally known to me. It is the closest, any movie has been in my eyes, got close to equaling the greatness of Schindler’s List. That is saying is the closest any movie has been to reaching the highest pinnacle of cinema itself.

Hotel Rwanda is as much about human cruelty as much as it is about morality. It follows Paul Rusesabagina, the assistant manager of a hotel in Rwanda. The year is 1997, the year of the political crisis where erupted in Rwanda between the majority Hutus and the minority Tutsis. During this crisis, Paul Rusesabgina, a Hutu, saved 1280 Tutsis by harboring them at his hotel.

One of the prime reasons people evade such movies is not because of its depressing content, but mostly because of its same structure. There is the man who is only concerned about his family at the inception, but transforms by seeing the horrors around him and in the end, ends up saving lives. Hotel Rwanda is no exception.

Yet, in my opinion, such movies are like horror movies. The plot line may be similar to others, but is the way in which director treats the material the makes the difference. The director here is Terry George, known for his screenplays concerned with The Troubles. And he excels.

The movie feels like a political movement of its own, and here at the top of the pack is Don Cheadle, playing Paul Rusesabagina. The highlight is the control. Cheadle, forget overplaying, never plays it. He is the assistant manager, and that he knows he is. He walks with grace through the hallways laced with refugees except for a scene where he breaks completely, and that too, all alone. Here is a performance that makes me sad to blink, for missing a moment of moment of it seems a crime.

As the movie progresses, there are various attempts of escape which fail again and again. I won’t enlighten you with the details, since it is taxing for me to write and boring for you to read. Let’s say, Hotel Rwanda becomes an oasis in the center of the desert.

Such films deserve to be made, and I have often emphasized on this. Even if it is a shabby effort, they need to be made. Because we cannot forget history. We cannot forget history in a time people still believe Holocaust was fake. I need to know. In the future, my children and in the distant future, my grandchildren, they all need to know. They need to know the humanity can find hope in the worst of time. That even in the darkest of times, in the end, it is only the goodness that eventually prevails.

Hotel Rwanda is a shout-out to the world. We are smeared on the faces with haunting probabilities : Couldn’t the United States help ? Couldn’t France help ? Couldn’t……….

All the world could have. What matters is none of us fucking did. Why ? Because we are COWARDS. There is a strategy Paul employs to get help. He calls the head office of his hotel, based in France, and instead of requesting for help, he says his final goodbye to them. It haunts them more than anything else and he gets. He says ‘ Shame them to help us’. That why this cinematic work is important. So the future generations will be shamed at the past and help their futures.

Rating :- 9.5 / 10

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