I really can’t say much for this film other than the fact that it was an excellent vehicle for Will Smith to make a major breakthrough as an actor and to be taken seriously for his talents. His physical transformation in itself is an awe-inspiring feat. However, the film itself leaves much to be desired. You can’t capture the man and the myth that is Muhammad Ali in two hours, no matter how dramatically rich his life may be. Life is messy and complex, it just doesn’t make a good film in most cases.
Maybe Will Smith did too good a job impersonating Ali but most of his lines were delivered without really connecting. He also seems to suddenly evolve into a womanizer or suddenly convert to Islam, it was hard to feel what Ali was going through that made him what he was. I honestly couldn’t view this film in one sitting and sort of went through it piecemeal.