Early in Orthodox Stance, emerging pugilist Salita challenges much of the documentary’s professed drama by claiming he sees no battle at all between his strong Orthodox Jewish convictions and his profession as an aspiring prize fighter. The film does little to oppose his claims. Promoters and fans do everything in their power to accommodate Salita’s faith, and he apparently refrains from all the vices and attractions of the boxing game. In addition, boxing and Orthodox Judaism have more in common than most of us can imagine. Mutually it rely heavily on faith, traffic in rituals and repetition, and encourage rigid self-discipline and Spartan self-denial. Yet the film on no occasion makes this association between the apparently adversative entities, instead, it is gliding way too profoundly on the insincere originality of a godly man who is making a living by beating up strangers.
Salita himself grew up hungry and poor, just like many boxers before him, as a Russian immigrant intensely scarred by the death of his mother, he found a prolific outlet in boxing, it leads to winning the Golden Gloves and increasingly rising the amateur and eventually the professional ranks. Orthodox documents Salita’s combats toward a shot at the title. Salita also gets to meet with Matisyahu, he is the one who suggests writing a song about Salita and opt to perform it before one of this fights. Salita also get invited to Hanukkah celebrations by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and he meets President Bush.
Generally, Salita comes off as a pleasant, reserved, enthusiastic young man with a good head on his shoulders, although one that gets clobbered regularly. Salita appears deeply dedicated to both his boxing and his religion, which makes him a good guy, but a impartially grey subject for a documentary, expressly since he appears to have already mastered the fine art of issuing insipidly positive sound-bites that give reporters and documentarians what they need to do their job, but then also not much more.
It is when champ Floyd Mayweather makes a flashy appearance, that he throws Salita’s patient reserve into even shriller relief.
But would Orthodox Stance fall into fame like other boxing movies like franchises such as Rocky, which exposed additional audiences to the sensational science that earned Sylvester Stallone his place in the global Boxing Hall of Fame or Million Dollar Baby and Girl fight, both forceful tributes to the tough women, not afraid to step between the ropes, while Robert De Nero’s interpretation of champion Jake La Motta masterfully portrayed in the film Raging Bull, right fully earned this well-known actor a well-deserved Oscar for Best Actor. In all boxing movies, there are scenes that play off with historical correctness and realism that enhances the general movie and adds a touch to the Hollywood experience.
Orthodox Stance is a well-made documentary from producer Jason Hutt that explores Salita’s remarkable life and also the boxer’s journey to faith, the film received its world premiere at the 2007 film Festival named the Silverdocs, a rivalry for films that was founded by the Discovery channel and the American Film Institute.
Orthodox Stance appeals to many movie goers, it would depend on the viewer and their expectancy. If you are looking for a great story-line it could be a nice movie, for viewers who like action packed drama’s it might be less of an adventure.