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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Southpaw: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

We simply can't miss a Jake Gyllenhaal film as he is one of our favorite actors today. He is currently on a roll after delivering solid performance in his past films (Nightcrawler, Prisoners, Enemy and End of Watch). Once again, he shows the dedication in every project he's in. After dropping 30 pounds for Nightcrawler last year, he managed to bring back his weight and got an extra 15 pounds of solid ripped muscles. He also trained and learn how to box to prepare for the film. Well, all of his hard work paid off as we saw a different Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw. 

Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is an undefeated professional boxer who is known for dropping his defense during his matches and gets beaten up in the process before he wins. Boxing is his life but his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) simply can't take the brutality of his fights anymore and wants him to retire and spend more time with his daughter Leila (Oona Laurence). However, during a party he attended  unfortunate tragedy strikes which tore his whole world apart. Desperate and hopeless, Billy seeks the help of a local gym trainer: Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker) to guide him and climb once again back to the top. Soon, Billy enters the toughest battle of his life and must change to regain the trust of the one he loves.

Southpaw has a great narrative and compelling storyline but filled with melodramatic formula that still worked well despite some familiar cliches along the way. What makes the film stand out is the central performance of Jake Gyllenhaal. He is simply fun to watch as he never fails to impress his audience. He makes himself disappear and easily introduce the character he portrays. His supporting cast were amazing as well, with Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams and 50 Cent providing a lot of color into their main star.

Despite the length, Director Anton Fuqua manages to bring a lot of intensity to its fight scenes. He transports his viewers closer to the battle with hard-hitting punches, slow-motion blows and blood dripping violence. He also takes a familiar route for its storyline but manages to deliver it nice and easy.

Overall, Southpaw is a fine addition to the decent list of memorable boxing themed films. It has a solid actor in Jake Gyllenhaal plus an outstanding director in Anton Fuqua. All you have to do is to stay sharp for twelve rounds and enjoy the whole thing. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Anton Fuqua
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Opens July 22 in cinemas nationwide 


Thomas Watson said...

Fine review. I thought the direction of the film is exceptionally well executed,

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