By: Jacob Fisher
Southpaw is director Antoine Fuqua's (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen, and Shooter) latest film. In Southpaw we see Billy Hope (Played by Jake Gyllenhaal) at the top of the world. He has a beautiful wife (Played by Rachel McAdams) and a little girl (Played by Oona Laurence) who just adore him. But after some shit went down with another boxer we find Billy losing everything. His wife got shot and soon after he loses his house, cars, and even his daughter. It’s not looking good. Slowly we start to see Billy start to get some of the passion that he’s missing. He starts training with Tick (Played by Forest Whitaker) to get his family back together while he goes back to the basic for his passion: boxing. Will he regain his glory or will his dreams burn up like his passion?
Now the first thing I have to say about this movie is that whoever made the trailer for this movie fucked up big time. The trailer shows EVERYTHING that happened in the movie which is usually a bad sign for a movie but Southpaw managed to do something amazing with a predictable story. The performances were on fire and I literally mean that. Jake Gyllenhaal knocks it out of the fucking park. He puts so much feels into his character that you couldn’t help becoming Billy Hope. Rachel McAdams is really good as well but she’s not in it for a long time. Another standout performances was Oona Laurence who showed so much feels in the role she have. There was one scene in the movie that was just so powerful and you could hear a dime drop on the ground at the advance screening I was at. She held her own with Jake Gyllenhaal and that’s something really amazing for an actress as young as Oona Laurence to do. And last of all Forest Whitaker deliver a heartbreaking performances as somebody who seen the worst yet still believe that things could get better.
I went into this movie not expecting much because I was let down by how much was shown in the trailer but what I saw was life changing. I saw many themes of places I been in my life and it hit me right in the heart and I felt the entire film. Not since I saw “Wild” last year have I experience something like that. What really made this movie felt personal was the camera work. It was gritty and up close. You felt each blow and you cheered for Billy with the crowd. And the beautiful score by James Horner just brought the whole thing home for me. This is not only a boxing film it’s the tale of being knock down on the ground and finding the courage to get up and keep fighting for those things that matter to you whether it’s family or your passion.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5