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Review: Hands of Stone Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2016 14:53

 Rating:  ZZ

By:  JR Molina

Summary:  Hands of Stone follows real life boxing great Roberto Duran. The film spans from his troubled youth all the way to his second fight with Sugar Ray. The film also focuses on Ray Arcel who comes out of retirement to train Roberto Duran.


The Good: The first ten minutes might’ve been the best film of the year. It really captures the feelings of Panama during that era, and when you see little Roberto dealing with all of that you can’t help but root for him because of all the stuff he grew up dealing with. The film incredibly fast paced. You won’t be bored watching it. That’s for sure.


The Bad:  The movie tries to do too much. It wants to be about Ray Arcel and his relationship with Duran but it also wants to be a film about two of the most famous boxing matches ever, but it also wants to tell the life story of Duran. The film does a little of everything but in the end all feels empty. You want to see the relationship with Arcel and Duran but the film doesn’t give you that. You also want to see Duran’s comeback but the film doesn’t give you that. If the film would’ve focused on one or two of those aspects it could’ve been great, but instead the whole film feels like a lazy wikipedia page entry.

The Ugly: I wanted to love this movie. Duran is one of my favorite boxers ever, but the film isn’t a boxing movie as much as a clip notes of the life of Duran, but I wish it could’ve taken any of those clips and expand on it, but the film chooses to try to tell everything but in the end it says nothing. The film does have its moments though. Like about 10-15 minutes of this film is all time great.

 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t an snoozing in this movie
 
– Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
Review: Hands of Stone Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2016 14:53

 Rating:  ZZ

By:  JR Molina

Summary:  Hands of Stone follows real life boxing great Roberto Duran. The film spans from his troubled youth all the way to his second fight with Sugar Ray. The film also focuses on Ray Arcel who comes out of retirement to train Roberto Duran.


The Good: The first ten minutes might’ve been the best film of the year. It really captures the feelings of Panama during that era, and when you see little Roberto dealing with all of that you can’t help but root for him because of all the stuff he grew up dealing with. The film incredibly fast paced. You won’t be bored watching it. That’s for sure.


The Bad:  The movie tries to do too much. It wants to be about Ray Arcel and his relationship with Duran but it also wants to be a film about two of the most famous boxing matches ever, but it also wants to tell the life story of Duran. The film does a little of everything but in the end all feels empty. You want to see the relationship with Arcel and Duran but the film doesn’t give you that. You also want to see Duran’s comeback but the film doesn’t give you that. If the film would’ve focused on one or two of those aspects it could’ve been great, but instead the whole film feels like a lazy wikipedia page entry.

The Ugly: I wanted to love this movie. Duran is one of my favorite boxers ever, but the film isn’t a boxing movie as much as a clip notes of the life of Duran, but I wish it could’ve taken any of those clips and expand on it, but the film chooses to try to tell everything but in the end it says nothing. The film does have its moments though. Like about 10-15 minutes of this film is all time great.

 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t an snoozing in this movie
 
– Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
Review: Hands of Stone Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2016 14:53

 Rating:  ZZ

By:  JR Molina

Summary:  Hands of Stone follows real life boxing great Roberto Duran. The film spans from his troubled youth all the way to his second fight with Sugar Ray. The film also focuses on Ray Arcel who comes out of retirement to train Roberto Duran.


The Good: The first ten minutes might’ve been the best film of the year. It really captures the feelings of Panama during that era, and when you see little Roberto dealing with all of that you can’t help but root for him because of all the stuff he grew up dealing with. The film incredibly fast paced. You won’t be bored watching it. That’s for sure.


The Bad:  The movie tries to do too much. It wants to be about Ray Arcel and his relationship with Duran but it also wants to be a film about two of the most famous boxing matches ever, but it also wants to tell the life story of Duran. The film does a little of everything but in the end all feels empty. You want to see the relationship with Arcel and Duran but the film doesn’t give you that. You also want to see Duran’s comeback but the film doesn’t give you that. If the film would’ve focused on one or two of those aspects it could’ve been great, but instead the whole film feels like a lazy wikipedia page entry.

The Ugly: I wanted to love this movie. Duran is one of my favorite boxers ever, but the film isn’t a boxing movie as much as a clip notes of the life of Duran, but I wish it could’ve taken any of those clips and expand on it, but the film chooses to try to tell everything but in the end it says nothing. The film does have its moments though. Like about 10-15 minutes of this film is all time great.

 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t an snoozing in this movie
 
– Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
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