Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writer: Kurt Sutter
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence, 50 Cent, and more.
First off I would like to thank anyone reading this. This is going to be my first attempt at writing movie reviews as I have had many of my friends ask me or recommend me to do so. So again, thank you for taking time out of your busy online schedules of scrolling Tumblr, liking cat videos on Facebook, and re-tweeting your latest favorite, “WHAT ARETHOOOOSSSEEE?!” vines. I hope to make a habit out of this so let’s get to it, shall we?
Where do I honestly begin with this film? Southpaw is a remarkable film to say the least. The movie focuses on boxing superstar, Billy “The Great” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), on his roller coaster ride of a life. This epic of a story begins when his wife, Maureen Hope (Rachel McAdams) is accidentally shot and killed during a scuffle between Billy and rival boxer, Miguel “Magic” Escobar (Miguel Gomez). Soon after, Billy goes down a truly dark path on his way to rock bottom. He loses his boxing credibility, he loses the trust of his daughter, he shuns his friends, he loses his assets, he truly almost loses everything. After realizing he already lost the love of his life, he begins his comeback to win his daughter back and ultimately win his life back.
As the audience, this film does so well drawing us in and making us feel like we are living Billy’s life. Without spoiling the events that happen, we experience his most dark moments when he is at rock bottom with next to nothing left. We experience every emotion possible from his tear-jerking sadness, to his fierce frustration, to his undeniable drive during his comeback. This movie is not just a sports movie. It is not just the next comeback boxing movie. It is a comeback in life movie. It is a movie that shows even when life is at its worst possible outcome. With enough drive, determination, and the fear of losing someone you love staring you right in the face… Any comeback is possible.
One word: Phenomenal