Friday, September 9, 2011
With Champion (his first lead role), he showcases his trademark intensity with great ease. His character of Michael "Midge" Kelly appears to be a nice guy but when he's provoked or in the ring, he practically takes on a new personality.
He develops an almost murderous personality. At first, he keeps that behavior confined to the ring. But as he becomes more successful as a boxer, his pent up rage starts to affect those close to him.
Champion is quite good, but the plot waivers a bit. Douglas, pun intended, comes out fighting the minute he first appears. It's clear as to how he was boosted from supporting parts to leading man status after this.
My Rating: ****1/2