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Ali
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Muhammad Ali - a name that will always be remembered in the boxing world, no matter how many knockouts follow and no matter how many ears are bitten off. Ali, the movie, is a 10-year long extract from the legend's life, starting in 1964 when he won the heavyweight championship title from Sonny Liston till the "Rumble In The Jungle" organized by Don King, when he reclaims the title from George Foreman. The time during which he started off as Cassius Clay and emerged as Muhammad Ali. Unfortunately, the film doesn't do real justice to that era which saw the making of a legend.

Will Smith did a lot of things to try to get into those legendary boxing shoes. He put on almost 50 pounds, learnt all those boxing moves and mannerisms, said all those funny lines Ali is famous for... the works. But Ali is not exactly Ali! Something is definitely missing... It could be that the focus is on all the wrong parts and not on the highlights of his life. It could be that the director couldn't help idolizing the great man by muting the low points and highlighting the high ones. Or it could just be that we didn't get to see Ali's fourth wife in the movie, or enough of the other three ones!

Sheer brilliance in this movie comes in the form of a cameo by Jon Voight, who plays Howard Cosell, the original newsman who is a kind of a mentor and a conscience for Ali. A beautiful rendition of a name that we have only heard about. The other roles are a mite too loud and over-played - especially that by Mykelti Williamson, who plays Don King and starts grating on the nerves.

But like they say, you can't have the cake and eat it too. Will Smith got away with a resemblance that renders 'uncanny' insufficient, but the rest of it just ain't good enough. The direction plays more on creating the atmosphere and showcasing the character of a legend. But the process that went into making the man a legend is ignored, and that does make the movie seem incomplete. But as far as acquainting yourself with the greatest years in Ali's life and some of the quirks of that great man are concerned, Ali is definitely a good bet.
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Aamchi Hyd on 29th Dec 2006, 8:40pm | Permalink
Good vehicle that displays both Will Smith's and Michael Mann's respective ranges, but quite limited by the story of the character himself, which does not provide much scope for the movie to enter the genre of true epics, in the style of Raging Bull, or the first Rocky movie (which, to be fair enough, was a fictional account of an everyman that most mainstream audiences will identify with). It becomes difficult for the audience in this department, as the character does not treat women with respect, and also does not enlist when called upon, no matter what reasons he might provide, it comes off only as a selfish ploy to continue raking in the big bucks while he can, and not sacrifice that for anything else. Ultimately, fit consumption only for the arthouse circuit.
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Sanjiv on 7th May 2002, 2:30am | Permalink
its still hard to believe that world's no.1 boxing champion is today incapable of even moving his leg today.that's a tragedy.
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Raghu on 7th May 2002, 2:27am | Permalink
seen a sensible movie after a long time.worth seeing any number of times.
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