Movie review – Southpaw (2015)!

Southpaw is a creation of acclaimed screenwriters Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) and Richard Wenk (The Mechanic) that was directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day).

Southpaw is a life story of Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World Billy Hope portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, who spent five months prior to the filming in intense training to look like a true boxing champion. Billy Hope seems to have it all: devoted and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence), an impressive career and enough money to afford his infamously lavish lifestyle.

We know, however, that this cannot go on like this. Due to a tragic accident Hope loses his wife, who was also his advocate and manager, and his life just starts to fall apart. The rest is his attempts to pull himself together…

The script might seem all too known and clichéd, so that at a certain point (in the beginning rather than later on in the movie) you would just KNOW what is going to happen. To name a few classical “twists”: the ascetic mentor-trainer (Forest Whitaker), Hope’s orphanage upbringing, his struggle to win back his daughter, and of course there is an evil antipode (Miguel Gomez)…

All in all, despite the familiar storyline Southpaw is not only watchable but enjoyable (if you like boxer movies and all that comes with them) mostly due to Gyllenhaal’s riveting performance.

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