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Ali is a very entertaining and beautiful movie that stars Will Smith as
Muhhammud Ali. The plot is simply the life of Muhammad Ali and his
amazing boxing career.
One thing that I thought was very interesting was the fact that Will Smith has jumped from mildly silly parts in movies such as Men in Black and also in the T.V. show "The fresh prince of Bel-Air" to a brilliant performance in a difficult part. His physique is also quite amazing as he is usually not muscular at all but he is very big in this movie. Jami Foxx also co-stars as his sort of coach and also gives a very good performance.
Overall, I thought that Ali was a very entertaining and good movie with a strong cast and great acting.
I'm not a big fan of boxing but this Oscar nominated drama captivated
me into the life of the infamous heavyweight champion Ali to show me
the various aspects of the brutal sport and made me appreciate the
sport in a way I have never looked at it before and all because of one
of my favourite actors, Will Smith.
Playing Ali was always going to be difficult for Smith but he quoted he was happy to do whatever it took to make the film convincing, which it was. Smith gained a lot of weight for the role and also spent a year studying Muhammad Ali to make the character a perfect match to the real star. Showing this commitment needed to be recognised which it was as he gained his first Oscar nomination, which was definitely thoroughly deserved. The character of Ali is famous for always speaking his mind and standing up for what he believed in and for Smith to capture these unique qualities was remarkable as the film dives deep into the boxer's life. Smith is always convincing as he uses his comedic expertise but also emotional tactics to capture the spirit of the legendary black icon. For Smith to star as Ali was very important in the actor's career as he took the role of one of his all time heroes. It was a very different role for Smith who had been previously starring in comedies and action movies such as 'Men in Black' and 'Independence Day.' I had never questioned his abilities but there were points, and still are, where I felt he could have done a bit more in his career than similar roles, and watching this dram raised my respect for the star.
The story reflects Ali's life in and out of the ring involving all the controversial issues such as when he refused to be sent to war. The film creates passion and emotion at every corner when Ali is always standing up for what he believes in and the audience can always admire these unique characteristics, being humorous with his rhymes but also being very serious with political issues. His relationships are also reflected and these techniques were thoroughly convincing, showing Ali's different sides outside and inside of the ring. The famous fights from Ali's legendary career are all used wisely to valuable effect. Director Michael Mann uses his creative techniques to slow the pace down at the right stages of the fight. Having slow movements combined with passionate music allows audiences to gain the brutality of the sport. It's a very moving technique and very graphic but this was very important to convince the audience of the genre. The camera slows when a brutal punch is in waiting and the music starts off slow and gains tempo to show the speed of the sport, a thoroughly respectable film technique reflecting the brutality of boxing. Having Ali juxtaposed with other infamous black iconic figures such as Malcolm X and Don King was very important to the film's success. Viewers can gain an insight into the lives of different figures. Ali being King of the ring and Malcolm being an important figure in religious society. The religious iconography used also allows viewers to gain insight into what people valued at the time in the 1960's and 70s. The film is able to show how important religion was to everyone which was also highly significant.
There are times during the film when the story seems to lack. A coupe of scenes should have been left out where the characters are talking for too long but audiences have to respect that it was Ali's life and it is better to tell the truth of how it happened.
Passionate boxing drama worth watching for anyone who has a passion for the sport. As I've previously mentioned I'm not a fan of boxing but watching this I was proved there is more in depth life to the sport.
The story reflects the sport in a way which isn't portrayed in real life. Through the use off Ali I, and many others I'm sure, will gain satisfaction from this film and will appreciate the emotional and comical ideologies put brilliantly forward by director Michael Man and Will Smith.
I honestly cannot understand the negative reviews of this movie. It is
a spectacularly directed, fabulously acted, and greatly-written
masterpiece! Unlike other biopics with jump from childhood to
adulthood, simply showing us more of a documentary-like look at the
subjects life instead a single, consistent story, this film delivers an
incredible real-life journey for the greatest boxer of all time,
Muhammad Ali. The film covers a ten-year period, between 1964 and 1974.
It begins with Ali winning his title from Sonny Liston, and shortly
after converting to the Nation of Islam. The film shows how turbulent
the times were in the 1960s. Black people everywhere were fighting for
their rights, and in different ways. Martin Luthor King Jr. was a
devout Christian who preached patience and peace, while Malcolm X
represented the Nation of Islam, which was understandably outraged by
the discrimination against them, and demanded fair treatment. Ali is
obviously a Muslim, and a close friend of Malcolm X's. However, things
start to dissolve for Ali after his conversion. The demands of the
Nation of Islam and their radical leader Elijah Muhammad force Ali to
challenge his friendships and marriage. But he stands by it, even to
the point where he is stripped of his Heavyweight Title and threatened
with Jail Time for standing up for his religious beliefs. But instead
of backing him in this time of crisis, the Nation abandons him.
However, Muhammad is fiercely loyal, never turning is back on the
Nation, despite his frustrations. The Nation even goes so far as to
suspend Muhammad from the practice of Islam. Muhammad stands up for two
principals: He never stopped being a Muslim, and he never stopped being
the champ. His two goals are to continue in his beliefs, and to win
back his title, appealing to the Nation of Islam, and fighting everyone
he has to to get to the World Champion. This all takes it's toll on
Ali, from his first humiliating defeat in the ring, to even straining
his marriage with his wife Belinda. Ali is not drawn as the upright and
flawless hero. He is shown having an affair not behind his wife's back,
but in front of news cameras. But however flawed the man may be, he
sticks by his principals. His marriage going down the toilet, he
demands, does not plead for, the approval of the Nation of Islam, and
battles legendary fights with Joe Fazier and George Foreman. All of
Ali's frustrations and troubles over the past ten years are brought to
a boiling point by the film's climactic battle, which chronicles what
is widely renowned as the greatest boxing match of all time.
Overall, not only is this an incredible journey, but it is fascinating to watch a film directed by Michael Mann, to see the cinematography, film editing, and how it fits with the music. One thing is for sure:
Ali is a winner, and still champion!
This movie would be highly appreciated if it was just marketed as a celebration of Ali's life but unfortunately it wasn't it was marketed as a film to teach you more about Ali's life, which it doesn't. The film covers arguably Ali's most eventful decade 1964-1974 ending with Ali's world title bout with George Foreman and beginning with first world title shot against Sonny Liston. Will Smith, Jon Voight, Jamie Foxx and Mario and Van Peebles are outstanding in their roles of Muhammad Ali, Howard Cossell, Bundini Brown and Malcolm X respectively. The score is also excellent, the direction is also telling, but the second major flaw is the editing, where they skip straight from Ali's first loss against Frazier in 1971 to the Rumble in the Jungle in 1974 which as a result cuts out all of Ali's 'comeback period', and the film doesn't really then doesn't recover its boxing authenticity, also many people's criticism of the film is criticism of the man Ali himself not the film so that's disappointing. Apart from the editing and the marketing it was a perfect film about undoubtedly one of the finest athletes of the 20th Century. I highly recommend this film to those seeking a celebration of Ali's life but I won't to those seeking a better understanding.
I like the story of Mohamed Ali the great boxer in the 20th century
which presented for the audience the story of challenge in many sides
in his life as: 1-The problem of color. 2-The problem of his poverty
childhood. 3-The problem of his touch with authorities about his refuse
to enter to the army in the time of Vitnam war. 4-The decision of
American authority to decline the call of Ali as a hero of world in the
international champion in boxing. 5-His fighting spirit to return to
boxing after the decision of court to return the title of Clay to be
the world champion in boxing.
Will Smith succeeded in this role that he made an analysis for the character of Clay in different situations because of his rich character.
Jamie Fox played the role of Jewish friend to clay and his trainer who helped clay to champion ship in the world , he made an increase in this role by joke and funny from his spirit which was the base of nomaited him in the role of the great singer in pop and jazz (Ray Charles).
The master scene in this film was the interview for Clay with many journalists after his refusment to enter to the army in Vaitnam war.
I see that the default point that the film didn,t appear it in the film the beginning life of clay as the first champion he played it in the Olympic champion in Rome in 1960 as a hobby in the heavy weight and he won the gold medal which was the base of being a champion ship in his life.
Michael Manns biopic about the greatest boxer of all time is underrated on IMDb and by critics. I thought Mann focused on the most important events in Ali's life, which was something to be proud of and not easy to fit into a film. The screenplay was well written by Eric Roth and Christopher Wilkinson along with mann. The performances were pretty good although i wished someone better than Mario Van peebles would have played Malcolm X, Peebles was only satisfactory. I liked Will smith in the lead, a good casting decision, Oscar nomination worthy for sure. I also liked Jamie Foxx and Jeffrey Wright a lot in their supporting performances. Jon Voigt was also great as boxing show host Howard Cossell. This is not Michael Manns best film, but definitely a great one, i would place it in the same league as Last of the Mohicans however not as great as Heat, Collateral or The Insider. 9/10
Covering Muhammad Ali's life from 1964 to 1974, "Ali" shows not only his athletic ability, but also his personal conflicts. In the title role, Will Smith not only shows that he can play a serious role, but also really gets into character, scoring a well-deserved Oscar nomination (although I'm glad that Denzel Washington won). Director Michael Mann never turns Ali into a God; this is a warts-and-all story, much like "Ray" was last year. Still, one has to wonder whether or not the people behind this movie lacked insight into their subject (sometimes, you do get that feeling). But no matter. This certainly is a movie worth seeing. My favorite part was Ali's denunciation of the Vietnam War.
I know that biopics aren't exactly very popular by most viewers and
sometimes I can easily understand why that is. But some of them are
certainly worth a watch and "Ali" is one of them. As you probably
already know this movie is based on the life of Cassius Clay aka
Muhammad Ali. The name on itself already rings a bell of course and I
guess this is a must see for everybody who loves boxing, but even when
you are not a fan of this sport, I'm convinced it has several
interesting things to offer. I'll give you a few examples why I think
this movie is worth watching.
First: The fact that there can be no doubt that Ali was one of the greatest and most colorful boxers, even sportsmen, ever and that this movie really gives a good idea of what kind of a man he was, in the boxing ring as well as in his private life.
Second: The acting in this movie is of an outstanding quality. Will Smith must have studied Ali for quite some time, because he really resembles him in the way he talks, acts and moves.
Third: This isn't just a movie about boxing. Sure, the boxing is a part of it and it all looks very realistic (Ali's fights have been recreated in a very good way), but it also gives an historically correct idea of what the sixties were like in the USA (religion, politics, the Vietnam war,...) and Zaire, where he fought his famous fight against George Foreman, called 'the Rumble in the Jungle'.
All in all this was a very interesting movie that I would recommend to everybody, not only to boxing fans. I'm not a big boxing fan either, but I sure loved this movie. I've always found Ali an intriguing man and that's why I watched this movie, not because of the boxing scenes. Anyway, I give it at least a 7.5/10, maybe even an 8/10.
Will Smith is completely wonderful as Ali, he gives a performance to
remember, along with Jamie Foxx for Ray, and Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump,
the others are also great, another good performance from Jamie Foxx,
and of course Jon Voight is great. I doe have to say that it does have
plenty of clichés, mostly in the screenplay, there usually about trying
not to be to forth-write with some of the things Malcolm X, and Ali,
said or did. The Directions even almost as amazing than the acting, but
than again Michael Mann is one of the best directors of our time, and
almost all of his films have been great, and not one has been bad.
If you liked Ali, you should see, Ray, and Gladiator, both are great films.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
A box office failure and some lukewarm reviews in 2001,but "Ali" is in my opinion a very good and underrated film. Mann's direction is great as usual: you just have to watch and to admire the wonderful 10 first minutes and the incredible bouts scenes with Liston and Foreman to understand that Mann is one of the most stunning directors working nowadays. Emmanuel Lubezki's camera-work is also inspired and beautiful,and the overall casting is very good: Will Smith gives here an unexpected,great and complex performance,and Jon Voight,Mario Von Peebles and Jamie Foxx are also very good. The story is dense and sometimes really moving (the last half in Africa is especially successful,with the heartbreaking jogging scene and the great finale),"Ali" is a beautiful film...see it!
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