Thursday, June 19

Movie Review: Ali

Length: 2 hours & 47 mins
Released: 2001
Genre: Drama
Rating: R
Directed By: Michael Mann

Where I Got It: Watched on Hulu

A biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali, which focuses on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. In that time, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates his sport, meets and marries his first wife , converts to Islam (changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the United States government by refusing to submit to military conscription for duty in Vietnam. His world heavyweight champion title thus stripped from him entirely for political reasons, the champ sets about to win back his crown, culminating in a legendary unification bout against George Foreman  in Zaire, dubbed the "Rumble in the Jungle." In his travels, Ali becomes a symbol of power to disenfranchised African-Americans everywhere and meets such luminaries as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou.


  • Muhammad Ali - Will Smith
  • Drew Brown - Jamie Foxx
  • Howard Cosell - Jon Voight
  • Malcolm X - Mario Van Peebles
  • Angelo Dundee - Ron Silver
  • Don King - Mykelti Williamson
  • Sonji Roi - Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Belinda Ali - Nona Gaye

  • REVIEW:This is my second attempt at this movie. Many years ago I tried watching this with my dad, but I fell asleep. 0.0 I was only 12 at the time, so I contribute it to that. 

  • Well....the results are a little better then that.

  • The beginning and part of the middle and part of the end are good. It does really make you appreciate that Mr. Ali did SO much more then just be a great boxer...he stood up for the Blacks and their rights. Will Smith was a good selection for the movie. I don't think it was his best acting in this film, but he wasn't horrible. I think he was trying too hard. The rest of the cast was okay. I always think its funny when an actor's wife is cast as the actor's character's wife. I think it's really cheesy. What makes it even funnier is that there was a lack of chemistry between the two characters. How? Why? Maybe they were trying to tone it down and they went overboard? 

  • The flow of the story was okay...but I hated the huge jumps of time without any warning or any clues. I know, I know...they are covering ten years in the span of 2 hours, so they have to jump ahead to more important events. I get it...but they just skipped ahead and I would find myself confused. For example, they showed Sonji and Ali meeting and going on a date to them being in bed and getting all frisky and then a baby starts crying in the background! Wait? What? Are they know married with a child or is that her baby with someone else? They explain it, but I was still baffled. 

  • It was an okay movie. Not my favorite of Will Smith's, but it was alright. If you like biography-type movies or movies with drama then this is the film for you. I'm glad that they had finally made a movie about such a great man of the time period. Mr. Ali was not only the best boxer of his generation, but he was also a man for the people. In the end, I shall stamp this with 3 stars. 

  • Favorite Character(s): Ali and Don King
  • Not-so Favorite Character(s): Sonji (maybe a different actress?) and Drew (*shakes my head*)
  • RE-WATCH: Probably not. 


Blodeuedd said...

Not the movie for me

Carole Rae said...

Can't win them all. lol