Movie Critique : Cinderella Man

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Film Critique: Cinderella Man Set during the Great Depression, Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man follows the life story of James J. “Cinderella Man” Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and inspiration that represented the hopes and aspirations of the American public in the 1930s. Despite the conditions Braddock and his family were forced to live through during this difficult time, Braddock’s love and devotion to his family fueled his desire to keep his family together. He knew that if he gave up, he would end up losing what was left in his life. This is why his story was one of progress and not of a man in a downward spiral. He did not want to end up like the men during the depression that abandoned their families nor like the families divided due to financial struggles. Instead, he willed an impossible dream to come true in a last ditch effort to keep his family together. The film began by depicting the life of Braddock family in 1925, four years before the Great Depression had hit. The family is shown living a comfortable life in a fancy, two-story mansion, a luxury affordable due to Braddock’s renown and promising boxing career. Following a four-year skip into the Depression, the family is instead shown living in a cramped apartment, struggling financially to provide enough food for his family and pay the bills on time. Suffering from several losses and a broken right hand, Braddock’s boxing career fell apart, costing him the only source
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