Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee

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So, I saw the movie Ali yesterday. It sucked. I didn’t like it much. That’s not to say I didn’t like it at all, just not very much. What was wrong with it? Well, it had a poor plot structure, medicore cinematography, terrible audio, numerous continuity errors, bad color timing, and probably a whole bunch of other stuff I didn’t notice. It seemed like Micheal Mann was trying to emulate the style of Steven Soderbergh, but didn’t do such a hot job. I think this is one of those movies where you need to know certain things before you watch the movie. For example, the scene in which Martin Luther King is murdered confused me because I didn’t know who it was. I just sat there trying to figure out who was dead and what was going on. Only later did I find out from my mother that the shot in which you see MLK dead on the balcony and all the people pointing at the gunman is supposed to emulate a famous photograph of the actual event. I have never seen this photo, ergo while I was watching the film, I didn’t understand who was dead. Also, during some of the fights, they’d just cut to Ali hanging out later on and you wouldn’t find out who won until you made the connection for yourself based on what the characters were talking about. In some cases, I =still= wasn’t sure who won. However, had you been alive while Ali was in his prime, you’d know who won the fight. You would probably have watched it on TV, listened to it on the radio, or read it in the papers. In any event, you’d already know.

Ali had its strong points, but not many. It was interesting to find out certain things about his life that I didn’t already know, and the acting was incredible, but at the end of a movie that ran nearly 3 hours, I had a headache was ready to go home.

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