Sunday, 22 March 2015

Ali (2001)

Title - Ali 

Year of release - 2001

Genre - Biography/Drama

Length - 2 hours 37 minutes

Rating - 15

Director - Michael Mann

Writer(s) - Gregory Allen Howard, Stephen J Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Eric Roth and Michael Mann

Who is in it? - Will Smith as Muhammad Ali, Jamie Foxx as Drew Brown, Jon Voight as Howard Cosell, Mario Van Peebles as Malcolm X and Ron Silver as Angelo Dundee to name a few.

What's it about? - Based on the true events of Muhammed Ali, the film focuses on the significant and recognised moments during the prime of his boxing career. Born Cassius Clay, he eventually changes his name and becomes a legendary boxer under the new name of Muhammed Ali and this film depicts the pivotal moments in his career.

Muhammed Ali is portrayed by Will Smith who delivers and excellent and convincing performance typical of the actor that he is. The film is both exciting and lifting and it should not be overlooked as a film just about the sport of boxing, this film goes beyond the sport and delves into the life of a sporting legend.

Though not an all out action-packed film that you may expect, Michael Mann (director) really captures the key events of Muhammed Ali's fame and you can often feel the emotions and understand the decisions the man made that made him who he is. It is always interesting to watch a film based on true life events and I think that the director has created a worthy adaptation to represent the life of the legendary Muhammed Ali.

There are moments you do not understand on first viewing but after a bit of reading you begin to understand how much work has been put into this film.

Is it any good? - The film has emotional and uplifting moments that opened my eyes and there are morals you can take away from it.

Why should I watch it? - Overall, I would summarise the film as a success and a film that should be watched regardless whether you are interested in the sport or not.

How do you rate it overall? - 9/10

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