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An epic that projects only the showmanship of Ali as well as his journey to claim an identity all his own, suffers only because of the lack of an origin story for this loud-mouth legend; but I guess all that will be in the prequel Clay ...
Michael Mann's 2000s decade's version of "Raging Bull" regarding the tropes between both boxing and biopic genres with emotions heightened in both, benefitting from Will Smith's perfectly strong portrayal remaining expressively for constant theming in and out of the ring as subtle statements were threw in along with some everlasting shock effects from historical marks and sporting cheers. (B+)
Ali is an underrated movie
Can't understand the 67% critics percentage for this film. Rather than a biopic of arguably the greatest sportsman who ever lived this instead concentrates on the 10 year period from 1964 to 1974 starting with his fight with Sonny Liston, becoming heavyweight champion of the world, his refusal to fight in Vietnam, his title being being stripped of him, his friendship with Malcolm X, his conversion to Islam and his Rumble In The Jungle fight with George Forman.
Will Smith's best dramatic performance by far and excellent edited fight scenes and very well directed by Michael Mann. Highly recommended.
The best inspiring sports movie ever made!
A remarkable movie !!!
Superb movie , will Smith is amazing
Great biopic, good acting, and the boxing matches very well done. More than just a sports movie.
I was really interested in watching this but was super disappointed. It was so boring.
say my name..
There are some genuine emotional moments and high pitched dramatic sequences that brings out the best of director and actor but somewhere between an overlong runtime of 157 minutes these scenes are overpowered by dull and mundane biographical natured stills. Ali is adapted smartly and focuses on the after events of his fame and not on its upbringing unlike any other biographies. Michael Mann whose depiction has always seemed a bit eerie to me, works like a charm here but fails to deliver more than that. Will Smith oozes power in each and every frame (especially the 'say my name' fighting sequence) along with great supporting cast like Jamie Foxx and Jon Voight. Ali is a work of art, only if it is to depict and create the reality onto the screen because as far as drama is concerned it lacks gripping screenplay to hold the audience through the last round.