Good writing lives forever. William Shakespeare’s writing is no exception. Newer adaptations have made some changes, but the core of the story and the character’s journey remains true to the original text.
In 2005, ShakespeaRe-Told took four of Shakespeare’s plays out of their Elizabethan era setting and put them in the modern times. Mucho Ado About Nothing, Taming Of The Shrew, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream were given a modern twist.
I found the productions to be enjoyable. While some changes were made to reflect the era, the stories and characters are true to the text as as 16th century performance.
Let’s be blunt. Life is hard. Sometimes we get knocked down. The question, is, when we are down, do we stay down or fight to get back on our feet?
In Cinderella Man (2005), Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe), is a boxer knocked down in a one two punch by life. First by injuries and then by The Great Depression. Unable to box for a living, he was forced to go on public relief and like many, fight for what little jobs there were to be had. Then he gets one last chance in the ring. There are many who doubt that this aging, injured boxer can return to his former glory days. But something inside of him keeps pushing him on. Can Jim win this one last battle or is he down for the count?
This movie is really quite excellent. The acting, the story telling and the visuals are spot on. It is also a reminder that despite the crap that life sometimes hands us, we can still get back on our feet.