10 films that should've been good. But weren't

Posted by , 24 June 2009

Ali

What it's about:
Michael Mann directs this attempt at a Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali biopic. Will Smith plays the boxing icon with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, Jamie Foxx and Jon Voight in supporting roles.

Why it failed:
It was an impressive attempt, but narrowly missed the point. We'd heard it all before, and were bored with the heavy breathing, sweaty chest and menacing stare. The deep exploration of the icon's psyche was lacking. Critics complained that the unanswered question remained unanswered: 'Was Ali ever scared?' I guess we'll never know.  And it's another blood, buckets of sweat, and tears performance from Smith, but it was never going to be Oscar worthy.

Saving Graces:
Had Michael Mann's protagonist and plot been fictional, it would have been a good boxing film.

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