Boxing is always going to be clichéd, but that is why we come back to see the same story over and over again. How different a film that would have been. Everybody loves to root for the underdog and everybody loves to see a person fall from grace and then with a hard fought struggle, reclaim their dignity through redemption. Gyllenhaal is an actor who makes it clear that he takes his roles very seriously and you can see that from the transformation he has put his body through, becoming almost unrecognisable from the skinny Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler. While Southpaw isn't the masterpiece that Raging Bull is, it certainly sees Fuqua make his best film since Training Day.
Director: Antoi ne Fuq Writer: Kurt Sutter Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence See full cast and crew. Everything that makes Southpaw good lies in the performance of the entire cast. It follows the very uninspired formula that Hollywood has been using for years now; there is nothing cutting edge about the premise of Southpaw. I could not be more thankful that the studio decided not to follow through with that and instead decided to cast Gyllenhaal in the role instead. Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. .
That camera angle put the viewer in the closest possible position of the two boxers while in a fight which made the scene all the more terrifying and all the more wicked awesome. Props to Gyllenhaal again for making me feel things that most actors will continue to fail to do. Oona Laurence gives an impressive performance as the young Leila and I didn't even mind 50 Cent or Rita Ora being cast in the film. Anybody could name at least three, and most are pretty good stories. Once the decision regarding the custody of his daughter is under question, Billy decides to get his life back on track by getting back into the ring. He will be ignored by organisations such as the Academy of Film for this performance but he is truly an actor at the top of his game.
When his wife, Maureen Rachel McAdams , is shot dead following a scuffle with title contender Miguel Escobar Miguel Gomez , both Billy's career and personal life go in a downward spiral that sees him both lose his boxing licence and his daughter, Leila Oona Laurence , to child protection services. Led by another top performance from Gyllenhaal, maybe Southpaw will make the voters this awards season stand up and take notice of his talent, not ignore it like they did with Nightcrawler. His portrayal of loss, victory, sorrow, shame, anger, guilt, and love were unbearably palpable, and made the movie an intensely uncensored work. As expected, Gyllenhaal gives an absolute powerhouse of a performance in Southpaw that really raises the quality of the film because without him, this would be quite an average film. What is common is the performances of the actors, who give their heart and soul, with each one outstandingly giving a predictable script the feeling that you have just watched a good piece of theatre.
Billy Hope Jake Gyllenhaal is the Light Heavyweight champion of the world and a boxer known for his unique style and impressive fight record. It takes the grueling perspective of Billy Hope himself and his competitor. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and his manager. Southpaw does become a bit predictable and features quite a few clichés, which can't be helped in this genre, but director Antoine Fuqua does a good job in making sure Southpaw has a bit of a cutting edge to it. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and his manager.
With his future on the line, Hope fights to reclaim the trust of those he loves the most. Where it defied expectation was in its raw emotion. The transformation would mean absolutely nothing without the performance to match though. I then realised when I was waiting for the movie to begin that when it comes to the fight game, there is only so much you can tell. After leaving the cinema, I read that Eminem had been lined up for the role of Billy Hope when the film first came into production. It will not be long before he finds the role that will put him echelon of actors that have ever stood in front of a camera……. He soon finds an unlikely savior in Tick Willis Forest Whitaker , a former fighter who trains the city's toughest amateur boxers.
This is a hard hitting drama that isn't scared to throw the hardest of punches at its audience. With his future on the line, Hope fights to reclaim the trust of those he loves the most. Jake Gyllenhaal, in particular, simply could not have been more exceptional. We all have seen at least 18 movies of a successful man losing everything that could ever possibly matter to him; however, the difference is that never have I experienced it more vividly than in Southpaw. Once the decision regarding the custody of his daughter is under question, Billy decides to get his life back on track by getting back into the ring. It was an expectation I was willing to ignore in the hope no pun intended of seeing something fresh and original.
He soon finds an unlikely savior in Tick Willis Forest Whitaker , a former fighter who trains the city's toughest amateur boxers. His gruelling six month training regime certainly makes him look like a boxer but his decision to learn the boxing techniques means he moves like a boxer too, making the performance even more authentic. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Production Co: Escape Artists, Riche Productions, Fuqua Films Distributors: Weinstein Co. Storyline As tragedy strikes him in his prime, famed boxer, Billy Hope, begins to fall into a great depression. I struggle to think of an actor right now on a hotter streak in Hollywood than Gyllenhaal. How many fight films have there been? I also appreciated the ways in which the last boxing scene was shot. Forest Whitaker, as usual, adds a quality to proceedings and Rachel McAdams does a fine job in her small role, which would have been better if we hadn't seen her characters outcome in the trailers.
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