It took a LOT of persuasion for me to agree to WATCH the whole movie. But guess what: when i did watch it, i actually LIKED it. (I still can't forgive her for that annoying accent, though) . The movie is funny, the interiors are gorgeous and the characters are likeable:
- I simply felt like hugging Colin's character for always seeing his masterplans shatter. He always has a very sorry look on his face. And a bandage. (To say nothing about his vivid imagination).
- Cameron's character is kinda cute in a rough country girl way.
-As for Lionel - Alan's character: 1. I love his little"roar" 2. He is shown from two different perspectives (a TRULY CLEVER idea- reminds me of modernist literature- stream of consciousness and all that jazz) 3. Luckily, he's starkers just for about 10 seconds during the whole movie.
In conclusion: don't get fooled by the trailer: the movie isn't some cheap rubbish - a collection of cheap laughs. It IS funny, has some... ermm scenes, but also some lovely art pieces, clever dialogue and yes- lovable characters. Arrrrrrr.
but maybe the director didn't care very much about the scenario itself. it's not just another boxing movie, it's not about fighting in the ring, it's about fighting in life. i liked the atmosphere (smoky light, beautiful classic music), which is rather poetic and meditative, as if someone had tried to make a nice painting of a fighting scene.