Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 112 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 12+. The documentary about Muhammad Ali’s life touches on his role in the civil-rights movement, so there is some discussion of racism as well as pictures from demonstrations where protestors were attacked; footage from his fights; and some discussion about his numerous relationships with women, including children outside of his marriages. Overall, though, the depiction of the man is glowing, and it’s a good sports documentary for families.
The documentary ‘I Am Ali’ uses audio footage, photographs, and interviews with various figures in the boxer’s life to tell Muhammad Ali’s story. The film is heavy on the praise and hero worship, but ultimately ‘I Am Ali’ is moving and well done.
By Roxana Hadadi
On the movie poster for “I Am Ali,” the documentary describes legendary boxer Muhammad Ali with four words: “Fighter. Brother. Lover. Father.” The film doesn’t really follow that hierarchy, though—there’s a lot of Ali fighting, but there’s an equal amount of him doting on his children, and with some time devoted to him being a loving brother and son and charming, if wandering, husband. The documentary shows us all these facets through interviews with people close to Ali—his trainer, his brother, his ex-wife, two of his daughters, one of his sons, a super-fan who vacationed with Ali once, the son of legendary Ali ally Joe Frazier—and it’s a smart way to display everything that made Ali so magnetic and charming and adored.