Southpaw Review

Southpaw review

Southpaw 50 Word Synopsis

Billy Hope - reigning junior middleweight champion - has an impressive career and lifestyle. When tragedy strikes, Billy loses everything. He finds an unlikely savior in a former fighter who trains the city's toughest amateur boxers. With his future on the line, Hope fights to reclaim the trust of those he loves.

Southpaw 100 Word Review

I'm a sucker for a good boxing movie - or even a bad one. I'm a big fan of Cinderella Man and Million Dollar Baby so this one was always going to be right up my street especially with Jake Gyllenhall as the lead. He put in a lot of preparation for this role and it shows in his performance as he delivers a pretty big one. While the synopsis reads like your typical underdog boxing story complete with uplifting montage and story of redemption - and it does hit a good number of those marks - it feels different at all times. 

This was awesome

The relationship between Rachel McAdam (big fan) and Gyllenhall just worked and I certainly forgot that they were actors playing a roll. The daughter was also cast very well.

But what the fuck was this about?

That first fight was so poorly choreographed I almost turned the movie off. The sound of the punches as they pretended to land made it seem like one of those wrestling matches you would see at a local community hall.