SOUTHPAW is the story of Billy "The Great" Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves. SOUTHPAW stars Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Academy Award® wi...more
SOUTHPAW is the story of Billy "The Great" Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves. SOUTHPAW stars Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris and Victor Ortiz. less
“Jake Gyllenhaal's compelling performance drowns in Southpaw's mediocrity as a film. ”
What happens when someone sees Sylvester Stallone's Rocky & then tries remaking the film by tweaking certain elements? Result: Southpaw.
Since Southpaw is a film about boxing, the comparison to Rocky is obvious. Let's face it, any film related to boxing is going to get compared with Rocky & if it manages to live up to even 50% of its expectations, the film is already a hit. Sadly, we can't say that about Southpaw.
Southpaw is a story of a star boxer who has remain undefeated even at the age of 43. A young boxer challenges him for a fight & during an unfortunate incident, his wife dies. He has to take care of his daughter, pay off his debts & regain confidence. He takes help from a coach with unusual training & well, you know what happens in the climax.
Southpaw is slow, predictable & been there-done that film. The story of Billy Hope is exactly same as thousands of other Hollywood protagonists. And since Rocky is the ideal example for any boxing film, Southpaw is nowhere close to it. In fact, the pace of the film is so slow that you might want to walk out of the theatre. At some point, Jake Gyllenhaal looks so doped that you feel dizzy.
Jake Gyllengaal as Billy Hope is perfect. The kind of body he's achieved for this role is really commendable. Rachel McAdams has a smaller role but is really effective. 50 Cent is also there in the film & you'll hate him even more after watching him play Jordan Mains' character. Forest Whitaker & Oona Laurence in their respective roles are good as well.
Story is predictable & slow. Direction of Antoine Fuqua is good but nothing great. Music is forgettable & during Billy Hope's training, it becomes painful. Cinematography is normal & so is the treatment. The only plus point of the film is Jake Gyllenhaal & the climax of the film.
Overall, if you are watching Southpaw with expectations of Rocky, just forget about it.