Friday, June 10, 2011

The Greatest

I came home last night, turned on the movie channel and found "The Greatest". I looked at the description ans though "damn, a blaxploitation movie, about Muhammad Ali, starring Muhammad Ali, and has Ernest Borgnine, Robert Duvall and a young James Earl Jones? This has to be great, right?"

Well, I was right. Its pretty much a blaxploitation rip off of Rocky. But more Rocky 2,3 and 4 than the original. Some scenes are just over the top (like how happy he gets when he finally gets to fight Foreman again), but some (like when he says hes not going to Vietnam) are brilliant. As a fan of Muhammad Ali, I really do have to recommend this film. It portrays his life from the '62 Olympics up until The Rumble in the Jungle, and shows a lot of his real fight footage! Having actual boxing in a movie completely changes how you look at it. No matter how cheesy the scenes may get, or how awkward Ali's acting skills are, you're always hyped up to see those fights. Because lets face it, he is The Greatest.

Watch the first 20 minutes of the movie on youtube, here and here

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