Will Smith was pretty good as Ali and although I'm not at all a fan of Smith, I have to give him some props for getting a handle on a very original character (I only wish his wife had stayed out of the picture) but the show pretty much gets stolen by Jamie Foxx as Drew Brown. This guy really has a lot of range and impresses me more and more every time I see him. Jon Voight also makes an Oscar-Nominated appearance as Howard Cosell, with one of the worst make-up jobs in the history of film. The poor guy went through the whole film looking as if he were wearing one of those cheap plastic Halloween masks where nothing but your lips move when you talk. A bunch of other stars also cash a paycheck including Mario Van Peebles as Malcolm X, Giancarlo Esposito as Ali's father, Ron Silver as legendary trainer Angelo Dundee and Mykelti Williamson as Don King.
Overall, this was a very unimpressive effort that doesn't do justice to a man who pretty much threw an entire nation upside down during a stellar career that saw him become a household name around the world. You can say a lot about the film itself in that it was good looking with some decent style to it and some nice camera shots. The performances were also very good and the actual boxing action was more than just decent. The biggest drawback though, was that the film was simply too slow and too boring, with the high points few and far between and an unconvincing transition between the important points of Ali's career. It tries to do too much. One minute, Ali was buddy-buddy with Malcolm X, the next he's telling him off in Africa, then the dude gets assassinated and bang! Let's move on to something else. It was more a collage of events and vignettes than an actual storyline and to that I say "boo"!