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Times of India
The famous boxer Billy Hope loses his wife, his property and his daughter after an accident. The film traces the story of how he gets back on his feet against all adversities.
Southpaw is a lethal concoction of drama and pugilistic action. The film's bland scripting put its lead character through a circle of physical and emotional suffering. Jake Gyllenhaal skillfully moulds himself into the character of Billy Hope whose dwindling career in boxing is revived after life forces him to stand up for his daughter. Billy's character is quite that of a man child, who runs by the decisions taken either by his wife Maurie or his manager.
After a bloody match, Maurie is the first to sense that Billy is losing his edge. But, as fate would have it, an accident kills her leaving Billy emotionally derailed, in debt and left to re-build his life from scratch. It's a predictable story which relies solely on the performance of its lead man.
Director Antoine Fuqua extracts a dazzling act from Jake who is supported by a neatly-scripted story which might miss the streak of genius but is earnestly heart-felt. There is no melodrama which drives home the film's punches swifter. The thing with these sport movies is that impact works better than nuances. Not that it is any less fun watching Jake's Billy master his defense strokes, but it is the film's sentimentality that scores over its well-choreographed punches.
Jake is winsome in the physically demanding role. He has the perfectly-sculpted abs, the correct postures, seething with anger in his brawls and filled with love as he carefully caresses his daughter's tresses. With his flawed diction and pitch-perfect demeanour, Southpaw is a Jake-show all along as he takes us through the agonizing discipline of boxer's routine.
With a heartening story in tow, the film transforms a regular tale of suffering, loss and redemption extraordinarily. Though laden with cliches, it is consistently hard-hitting and never loses plot. The right blend of heart and skill works in suffusing an operatic feel to the movie which is an absolute knockout.
Eminem was playing the role of Hope which went to Jake eventually.
The film was planned as a sequel to 8 Mile.
The film's music was one of the last projects late James Horner worked on.
Jake closely studied the career Of Miguel Cotto for his role.
This is the first film script written by Kurt Sutter.
The film was earlier supposed to be a follow up to the movie 8 Mile.
James Horner did the film for free as the director did not have enough money.
Lupita had also been cast earlier but walked out due to date conflicts.
While Jake can get full marks for the body and demeanour of a wrestler, the same can't be said about his weak diction. He also mumbles his lines way too much.
The announcer for matches in the film is not for the network the film shows.
Southpaw begins on a thunderous note as Billy Hope begins the film by defending his title. There is blood, sweat, aggression and though he wins, he toils way too much for it. Clearly he has lost his edge and his wife Maurie is quick to sniff that. When they return home that night, she tells him to let go off his profession and focus on family life. Next day, Hope at a charity function gets stuck in a brawl. There is fistfight and yelling. A gunshot kills Maurie and he is left alone to care for his daughter Leila.
He is emotionally vulnerable, lost without his wife. His manager informs him that he is in monetary debt and will have to mortgage his home or cars. He loses an important match and keeps looking for Maurie. He refuses to do that. He tries to kill the family of the one he assumes has killed his wife. But he doesn't. On his way back home, in a fit of rage he bangs his car on a tree. Found intoxicated and irresponsible, his daughter Leila is given away to child services and he is put on 30 day counselling programme. He gives away his home, cars, his manager quits. He joins a regular boxing coaching and begins coaching.
Initially, his coach is rough to him. A pro at boxing, the flip side of success had corrupted Billy. There was a lack of discipline, he would smoke pot, do drugs that disrupted his His chances of doing well at the sport. Meanwhile, he kept visiting child services for Leila who is too mad at him for being reckless and letting her slip into the custody of strangers. Billy faced with the monetary and career issues, is now battling court to win the rightful custody of his daughter. For Leila, he begins again. His regimen tries to build his stamina. He goes through the entire excruciating fitness schedule of a boxer and comes back on foot.
He fights a charity match and wins. That is a major confidence boost for him. His former manager tells him that there is a big league match lined up in Vegas and he needs to fight that. Billy requests his coach to train him who refuses because he doesn't train pro fighters. But, for Billy he makes an exception because he still needs to bring Leila back. Billy begins training harder than ever before, determined to win against the man who caused the death of his wife.
The court returns Leila's custody to him again after seeing the marked improvement. Leila insists she comes for the match. On the final match, after losing a few rounds, Billy gets around his opponent and wins. The film ends with a heartwarming shot of him and Leila hugging each other.
Southpaw is a 2015 sports drama film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, and Rachel McAdams. It opened in India on July 31 and has recieved rave reviews. Here's what the Tweetizens are saying...