The Champion of Auschwitz (2020) Movie Review

Director: Maciej Barczewski

Writer: Maciej Barczewski (Screenplay)

Starring: Piotr Glowacki, Jan Szydlowski, Grzegorz Malecki, Marcin Bosak, Marcin Czarnik, Marek Kasprzyk

Plot: The story of the pre-war boxing champion Tadeusz “Teddy” Pietrzykowski, who in 1940 arrives with the first transport of prisoners to the newly created Auschwitz concentration camp.

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Champion of Auschwitz starts we meet Tadeusz Pietrzykowski known as Teddy (Glowacki) a former boxing champion in Poland, who has found himself in the dreaded Auschwitz concentration camp. Teddy, taking some of the other prisoners including Janek (Szydlowski) under his wing gets put in an interesting position.

Teddy is offered a chance to fight the Nazi selected fighters in an exchange for more food, food he shares with the other prisoners, offering the Nazi’s an entertainment front, even if he knows of the truth about what is happening there.

Thoughts on The Champion of Auschwitz

ThoughtsThe Champion of Auschwitz is one of the more difficult movies to watch, not because of the quality we are seeing, but the subject matter Any film set in Auschwitz or any of the concentration camps during the war is a difficult watch when you know the horrors that took place there. Seeing how one man got a chance to become the entertainment to survive in the boxing ring, did show how outside of the bloodshed, the entertainment beliefs weren’t much different between the prisoners and the guards, showing a sport can bring together people no matter what. The difficult side of this film to watch is how the Nazis would make the spectacle of what they were doing to the prisoners trying to take the fight Teddy had left in him. Piotr Glowacki is fantastic in the leading role of the film, showing just how broken he could become, without giving up in this world. This is another story from war, one that will show the suffering at the time,

The Champion of Auschwitz will be available in UK Cinemas from 3rd September

Final Thoughts The Champion of Auschwitz is a hard hitting story of what was happening in the concentration camp, with the glimmer of hope for a boxing champion.

Trailer Alert – Redemption of a Rogue


Friday 1st October

The film follows Jimmy, played by Cavan native Aaron Monaghan (MAZE, Assassin’s Creed), on his road to redemption after returning to his hometown. Stuck in a Groundhog Day-like purgatory, Jimmy embarks on a sacrificial and outlandish journey to rid himself of his guilt and shame from the past, ultimately redeeming himself through love. 

ABC Film Challenge – Sports Movies – T – Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Movie Review

Director: Adam McKay

Writer: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay (Screenplay)

Starring: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Jane Lynch

Plot: Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby’s talent and devotion are put to the test.

Tagline – If you’re not first, you’re last.

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby starts when mechanic Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) gets a chance to drive the NASCAR, which was seen as the worse on the track to a surprise victory, he becomes an overnight sensation. Ricky becomes the face of the sport with his new teammate Cal Naughton Jr (Reilly) always winning, until the team owner gets tired of their actions and turns to Formula One driver Jean Girard (Cohen) to lead the team.

This change sees Ricky lose his confidence and need to bring back what made him the best driver in the sport and rebuild his legacy he once had.

Thoughts on Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

ThoughtsTalladega Nights; The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a sports comedy that will see the once greatest in his sport Ricky Bobby find new competition that will see him losing his confidence and needing to find himself to make sure he can return to being the best. The core of the story is everything we have seen and enjoy in sports movies, even if it is similar to Cars in many aspects. Where the story does seem to fall short is the comedy of the film, which feels immature and doesn’t get the laughs required, taking away from the serious side of the story. Will Ferrell is good for the serious side of the film, only his comedy side of things does fall shorter. The supporting cast are the same, they are fun for the serious side and struggle with the comedy. The races do feel like everything people want to see, rather than regular races, waiting for the crashes rather than being the real race effects.

Final Thoughts Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a generic sports drama that tries too hard for the comedy.