Film Critique: Cinderella Man
October 29, 1929 known as black Tuesday, was a day that drastically changed many Americans lives. Black Tuesday was the day the stock market crashed and was the start of the Great Depression. The great depression caused many men to lose their jobs, husbands to abandon their families, children to go hungry, and suicide rates to increase. The great depression lasted about 10 years and literally was life or death for the many people that were trying to get through it. Directed by Ron Howard, Cinderella Man follows the life of Jim Braddock, who goes from having it all at the beginning of the movie to losing all his possessions and life savings. During this time, Jim faced many trials and tribulations that tested his faith, his courage, and his strength.
At the beginning of the movie, James J. Braddock was a boxer rising to the top. He had it all, his career earning good money, a beautiful home, children, and a beautiful wife. All that changed on October 29, 1929, when the stock market crashed, and he lost it all. He thought by investing in Taxi cabs and stocks, his family would be set and could live comfortably for the rest of their lives. Little did he know that that would be the most difficult times his family would experience. The great depression had two major causes and many minor causes; the two major causes was the unequal distribution of wealth and the extensive stock market speculation. The great depression caused an astonishing 13 million Americans left without a job and about 26,000 businesses to fail. Jim’s ability to box gave him an advantage until he got injured and broke his hand causing him to lose the fight and his boxing license. Even with a broken hand, Jim knew he had to continue to find a way to support his family. He went to the docks every morning, hoping and praying he would be one of the lucky men that would get picked to work for the day. One day after not being chosen he comes home from the docks and is told that his oldest son Jay has stolen salami from the meat market. This particular scene showed the kind of man that Jim Braddock really was. Even though money was tight, and food was very scarce, he grabbed the salami, grabbed his son and walked straight back to the market to return it. His son then reveals to him why he stole it and a pact is made between Jim and Jay which promises that no matter what Jim will never send his kids away and separate the family.