Wednesday, 22 May 2013

MUHAMMAD ALI'S GREATEST FIGHT IS NOT STEPHEN FREARS' GREATEST FILM, SAY CANNES CRITICS


That picture's definitely not cropped. Definitely not. Anyway, Stephen Frears' drama, which is about Muhammad Ali but doesn't actually feature him outside of archive footage (think George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck.), has been met with lukewarm reactions in Cannes. Rich old men sitting in dark rooms doesn't often go down well, I guess.

Xan Brooks at The Guardian laments the fact that Frears didn't make a documentary on the subject, such is the charisma of Ali in the featured footage. 'Dull, dry, flat, predictable, tawdry' are terms used by Leslie Felperin in Variety. And Total Film aren't all that pleased on Twitter, either.