SOUTHPAW (2015) by Antoine Fuqua
“Believe in hope”
Two years after the release in its country, “Southpaw”, directed by Antonine Fuqua (“Training Day”, “Shooter” or “The Magnificent Seven” recent remake), arrives to Spain.
Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a boxer at the top of his career and his personal life as he’s happily married with Maureen (Rachel McAdams) and they have a daughter, Leila (Oona Laurence). But his life will drastically change when the boxer “Magic” Escobar (Miguel Gomez) starts to intimídate him to get a fight with him. A series of dramatic events will make Billy Hope sank. After this he’ll have to meet “Tick” Willis (Forest Whitaker), a trainer for amateurs to try to get his life back.
The plot of the movie tells pretty much what we’ll find in it: the story about a man who had everything and that has to start from scratch because he loses it all suddenly. You can’t expect much more from it.
However, Antonine Fuqua has proved to be quite an efficient director and in his movies he always offers the viewer what is looking for. In this case there are plenty boxing scenes, at first more agrgressive and violent and later more with a technical feeling.
Personally, I’m not a fan either a expert of this sport, but it seemed to me that both the scenes in which “Tick” Willis trains Billy Hope and the last one were of a absolute precision; I really enjoyed watching “Tick” show Hope how to fight in a different way.
And this scenes are precisely the ones that makes the main actor of this film, Jake Gyllenhaal, highlight. I’m a fan of him and I’m always satisfied with his roles and although I think this is not his best performance emotionally, the work after Billy Hope’s role is obvious in each one of the ring scenes.
Forest Whitaker is also very convincing in his role as a grumpy but generous trainer. In respect of the rest of the cast, thet carry out their task but not at the same level as their partners.
So in “Southpaw” we find a movie that entertains but no more. It doesn’t offer anything new, but surely will satisfy this genre lovers.
Our rating: (3/5)