In Good Company Movie Analysis Essay

Analysis of the Movie Ali Directed by Michael Mann Essay

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Title: Ali
Director: Michael Mann
Release Date: December 11, 2011
List of Characters (Actor’s Name):
• Will Smith as Cassius Clay, Jr. / Cassius X / Muhammad Ali
• Jamie Foxx as Drew Bundini Brown
• Jon Voight as Howard Cosell
• Mario Van Peebles as Malcolm X
• Ron Silver as Angelo Dundee
• Jeffrey Wright as Howard Bingham
• Mykelti Williamson as Don King
• Jada Pinkett Smith as Sonji Roi
• Nona Gaye as Belinda/Khalilah Ali
• Michael Michele as Veronica Porsche
• Joe Morton as Chauncey Eskridge
• Paul Rodriguez as Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
• Bruce McGill as Bradley
• Barry Shabaka Henley as Herbert Muhammad
• Giancarlo Esposito as Cassius Clay, Sr.
• Laurence Mason as Luis Sarria
• LeVar Burton as Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Title: Ali
Director: Michael Mann
Release Date: December 11, 2011
List of Characters (Actor’s Name):
• Will Smith as Cassius Clay, Jr. / Cassius X / Muhammad Ali
• Jamie Foxx as Drew Bundini Brown
• Jon Voight as Howard Cosell
• Mario Van Peebles as Malcolm X
• Ron Silver as Angelo Dundee
• Jeffrey Wright as Howard Bingham
• Mykelti Williamson as Don King
• Jada Pinkett Smith as Sonji Roi
• Nona Gaye as Belinda/Khalilah Ali
• Michael Michele as Veronica Porsche
• Joe Morton as Chauncey Eskridge
• Paul Rodriguez as Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
• Bruce McGill as Bradley
• Barry Shabaka Henley as Herbert Muhammad
• Giancarlo Esposito as Cassius Clay, Sr.
• Laurence Mason as Luis Sarria
• LeVar Burton as Martin Luther King, Jr.
• Albert Hall as Elijah Muhammad
• David Cubitt as Robert Lipsyte
• Michael Bentt as Sonny Liston
• James Toney as Joe Frazier
• Charles Shufford as George Foreman
• Robert Sale as Jerry Quarry
• Candy Ann Brown as Odessa
• David Haines as Rudy Clay / Rahaman Ali
• Leon Robinson as Joe Smiley
• David Elliott as Sam Cooke
• Shari Watson as Singer
• Malick Bowens as Joseph Mobutu
• Zaa Nkweta as Foreman Fight Announcer
• Brandon T. Jackson as Club Goer (uncredited)
• Victoria Dillard as Betty (wife of Malcolm X)
Sources: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0248667/
Plot Summary:
The film begins with Cassius Clay Jr. before his championship debut against then heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. Cassius Clay goes into the fight as the

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Like director Paul Weitz’s modest 2002 hit About a Boy, this comedy isn’t a side-splitter but rather a thoughtful character study tinged with sorrow and, ultimately, frosted with hope. But as I thought about the film, slept on it, then pondered it further with wrinkled brow, all I could hear was Russell Crowe’s haunting cry in Gladiator, “Are you not entertained?” And I had to reply, “Not really.” In Good Company isn’t a bad movie. It contains some terrific performances, especially by young Scarlett Johanssen and Topher Grace (star of TV’s That ‘70s Show), an actor who convinces us to dislike him, then pity him, then embrace him thanks to an awkward cockiness that’s sad and charming at the same time.

The movie also has its heart in the right place with solid statements about fidelity, preborn life, family ties and a man’s need to keep his career in perspective. Which character truly embodies success? Dan, and the filmmakers know it. In our world of globalization, corporate buyouts and professional uncertainty, people who have sacrificed everything for a job can find themselves outsourced or downsized through no fault of their own. They’re left scratching their heads with little to show for their efforts except a bloated bank account. Conversely, an investment in family yields long-term rewards, few regrets, and provides the necessary safety net when cruel corporate ironies send us reeling.

But in the final analysis, while I respect the film’s message and its assemblage of onscreen talent, it doesn't supply enough fun or riveting drama to call it great entertainment. (Crass language and Carter’s illicit dalliance with Alex don't help.) “Sort of interesting” may not be glowing praise, but it’s the best I can muster. Who knows, maybe all In Good Company needs is greater moral synergy and a few more factoids.

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