Professionally, Ron Howard has come a long way from the tousle-haired, barefoot sheriff’s son who trod the byways of idyllic Mayberry to reside in the heady company of Hollywood’s most elite directors. Howard’s films are pure entertainment; they are well-crafted efforts, frequently technically challenging from a production standpoint, and aimed at mainstream audiences. Though some of his lesser works have been criticized for possessing formulaic scripts, Howard’s films approach even hackneyed subjects in fresh ways. Though he does not characterize himself as a risk taker, he loves the challenge of exploring different genres; therefore, his filmography includes B-movie actioners, domestic comedies, fantasies, sci-fi, suspense-thrillers, historical dramas, and big-budget action films.
The son of actors Rance and Jean Howard, he made his theatrical debut at age two in a Baltimore production of The Seven Year Itch. He made his screen debut at age five in the suspenseful political… read more
Wow... great perfomance by Russel Crowe!! He made me feel nervous each time he had a fight. Besides, it's fantastic how he gives everything to the role, physically and emotionally, reminds me the "Gladiator". However, Max Baer wasn't a evil person, how it's portrayed in the movie... I hope he hasn't been angry. x)
Not quite the sum of its parts---the attention to period detail is effective, and all the actors give conviction to their parts, especially Crowe. However, the film moves in stops and starts, and I have mixed feelings about a movie where people overcome the depression because somebody punched another man in the face.