Cinderella Man – (e) Conclusion, Pledge, Bibliography

Cinderella Man received very good reviews from film critics and audiences, but financially it was not very successful. Whatever the latter’s reasons may be, the film still managed to garner three Academy-Award nominations [1]. From a historian’s point of view, the movie is very successful in achieving historical accuracy, both as a primary source about the filmmakers’ views of the past, and as a secondary source about the characters and the time in which it was made. Cinderella Man tells honestly the story of James J. Braddock, vividly depicting his moral character in the backdrop of the harshest economic time period in twentieth-century America. What Ron Howard does so well is infuse his audience into Braddock’s boots, while simultaneously allow us to step back and view how the themes of the Depression and the film relate still relate to us today.

Thomas Doherty says the movie is “that rare Hollywood film not only inspired by actual events but, on the whole, true to their spirit” [2]. Given the time it was released, we would have a tendency to think that a movie about the Great Depression is irrelevant; but, it is more than a story about one man coming out of the Depression. It is a story about hope, holding on to our core values, and seizing the opportunity for success. This is why Cinderella Man will be talked about not only because of its historical accuracy, but because of its thematic elements that will resonate with future generations.

I hereby declare, upon my word of honor, that I have neither given nor received unauthorized help on this work.  DSF

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