Sunday, May 15, 2016

Movie Review: Southpaw (2015)

Movie: Southpaw (2015)

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Writer: Kurt Sutter

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, 50 Cent, Naomie Harris, & Miguel Gomez.

One-Line Plot Synopsis: A former child of the system, Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) has to try to regain his boxing championship form after losing both his wife (accidentally killed) and daughter (to child protective services).

Jake Gyllenhaal is still firmly in my small stable of actors whose movies I will see no matter what they're about or who else is in them.  I'm not saying that totally applies here, but I just wanted to get it out of the way that I am 100% Team Gyllenhaal so that if you're reading into anything you think is biased, you're probably on the right track.

Jake Gyllenhaal was awesome in this movie.  I didn't totally love the movie as a whole but I thought his performance took it from a pretty good movie and elevated it a couple of notches.  It kind of sucks that the trailer for the movie basically gives away the entire plot before you see it, but you kind of know what you're going to get with a movie with this plot anyway.

I wish we had a little more Rachel McAdams in this one...just like most other times I see Rachel McAdams in a movie.

Forest Whitaker plays the same old, broken down trainer that you see in every other boxing movie (i.e. Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby).  Now he's a very good actor, so it doesn't really matter if his character is like every other trainer you've come across before, but it is what it is.

Everyone else is pretty decent in the movie but Oona Laurence who plays Gyllenhaal's daughter Leila is a step above the rest.  Keep your eyes peeled for her in the future because I have a feeling that she's going to be popping up as the daughter in a ton of movies that will be coming out in the near least I hope so.  She looks like she has the chops at such a young age.  That's the thing with kid actors, you can tell right away which ones are on another level from every other kid in a movie.  I should probably do a write-up on some top lists of young actors and then check back in on it a couple of years down the road to see if it's really as easy to pick them out as I think it is.  It's a lot easier to judge them then college athletes going pro, I can tell you that much.

Anyway, I'm done with that sidetrack, let's get back tot he movie with some random thoughts.

How fucking ripped did Jake Gyllenhaal get for this movie?!?  

Apparently (all heresay obviously) his girlfriend at the time (model Alyssa Miller) broke up with him because he was 24/7 into working out and getting his body 100% right for the film.  If you don't know that Jake's over-the-top into each role as an actor, then you haven't been paying attention.

Just a wowzers picture of Alyssa Miller in case you were interested.

On another note, Miguel Gomez, the fighter who Gyllenhaal fights for the big fight at the end of the film was so technically atrocious at boxing.  It was almost funny at times how bad he was.  It was almost like a WWE wrestler pretending he's dazed and hurt while the other guy is setting up his finishing movie.  It was brutal.  Plus, what was up with how long his boxing trunks were?  I feel like these would totally restrict your movement and they're stupid long.

You should check out the movie if you're a Gyllenhaal fan otherwise it's probably just up to your taste in movies if you want to check it out.

Rating: 7/10