From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriter Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.
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I am in lust with Jake Gyllenhaal. I have been patiently waiting for this movie to come out as I was concerned that my increased pacifistic views might deter my enjoyment of this movie, centered around a violent sport. Loved it! Reminded me of when I saw Rocky for the first time. And what a tearjerker! I haven’t wept so much during a movie in quite some time.
I think all the emotion of this movie really assisted with keeping it real. The plot points out that “life is not fair,” “it’s how you react to life what gives your life value.” As for the violence, I winced through the fight scenes, but because a thorough development of Billy (Gyllenhaal) was provided, I was way too invested not to watch, which parallels the emotions of his wife/daughter and their feelings for husband’s/dad’s bouts and temper.
While it’s not the happiest movie, it is very real and I think would draw most people in, that are prone to human interaction.