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ShowBizIreland.com last night saw the first
screening of Will Smith's new movie Ali
in London's Empire Cinema.
movie is based on the life of the world famous boxer
Cassius Clay who later changed his name to
the role Smith, who is best known for roles
in movies such as Men in Black, beefed-up to
nearly double his body weight for the role in which
his wife Jade Smith joins him for a short time.
In the film she plays Ali's first wife who marries
and divorces him a total of three times.
in 1964 with the champ's first fight against the racism
within his community and moving to his first boxing
match for the title of Heavyweight champion of the
world, Smith gives a outstanding boxing performance
against Sonny Listen, whom he beats for the
Smith has perfected all of Ali's dialogue and one-liners,
he glides through the classic "Fly like a butterfly,
sting like a bee" as if it were being said for the
film illustrates how Ali made friends with the civil
rights leader Malcolm X and his involvement
in the Fellowship of Islam, who take over his management,
and then abandon him when he is arrested for refusing
to take part in the draft for Vietnam.
Moving quickly the film provides fast, hard-hitting
fight scenes and a well-chosen cast.
Voight is nearly unrecognizable as Ali's close
friend, a boxing reporter.
shows Ali as a man who was taken advantage of by his
friends. A man who wins his title and dignity back
in 1977 when he beats George Foreman (who was
ten years younger then him) during the Rumble in
the Jungle fight in Africa, one of the first fights
promoted by Don King.
Ali is a well-written well-acted movie. It could do
with a little more tension but then again it is based
on a life that had enough for ten movies.
worth a visit when it comes out after Christmas.