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QUICK LATE REVIEW: Southpaw

Howdy people of the internet, time for another film review and today I’ll finally be talking about Southpaw. I’ve been interested in this film for a while but have only recently got around to seeing it. I’d heard it was good but not amazing, so that did hamper my excitement for the film, but I knew I had to at least give it a chance before it left the cinema. So was the film good or bad? Well read on and find out!

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The story can be described as the following:

“Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.”

The story was a really engaging and dramatic tale of tragedy and redemption. For the first half hour I liked the film but it was heading down a really dark path and I wasn’t really down with the depressing nature of story. However things started to pick up around half way through and by the end I was feeling good. I will say that the film felt a little long and some of the plot points you can see coming, that being said this film was entertaining and dramatic on the emotional level.

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Now let’s talk about the performances. Jake Gyllenhaal just kills it as Billy Hope, at first I wasn’t too keen on his character because while he was charismatic and funny, he’s a bit of douche, self-centered and makes questionable decisions that make him a bit unlikable. That being said when he went do his downward spiral and then had to had to change his life around you really get behind him and relate to his motivations. Gyllenhaal continues to impress as an actor as he goes from strength to strength to change himself physically and mentally for his roles, and here he’s just a beast, so crazy and intense, but also very isolated and emotional too. I also loved Forest Whitaker as Titus “Tick” Wills. I like how he was more than just a mentor to Billy but he also had his own history and issues, and he wasn’t just tough with his personality but could also be tough physically too. The other standout performance came from Oona Laurence as Leila Hope, at first I thought he character may be a little annoying because while I understand the nature of situation would lead her to feel very emotional and aggressive, I can’t stand grumpy/whiny children. However Laurence did the opposite, I bought into her character, loved the dynamic she had with her dad and really liked the realism and emotional levels of her performance. Rachel McAdams was good as Maureen Hope while Naomie Harris added some great elements as Angela Rivera and Victor Ortiz as Ramone was a douche for sure, but he was a very cool, smug and badass douche which was played well by Ortiz. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as Jordan Mains was also pretty good, he was an interesting character who appears to be Billy’s friend, but is mainly in the business for the money and has some really shady motives. And finally Rita Ora surprised me as she was totally unrecognisable as Maria Escobar and while her role was short I thought he kind rather well.

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And when it comes to the visual side of things it’s incredible. I have seen a good few films depict the art of boxing with some that do it well and some not so well. This film is definitely the former. I think this may be the best one so far, the fights are choreographed so well. The way the cinematography is handled is gorgeous, everything is so clear and sharp, and I liked how there was a combination of point of view, close-ups and slow motion and tracking shots to show the action in varied and exciting ways, and thanks to the sound editors you feel every punch, there’s weight and impact. The soundtrack by the late James Horner was haunting and pretty dramatic and while it had its moments it’s not one of my favourite score from Horner.

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In conclusion Southpaw was a gripping and intense drama with really awesome acting, an interesting story and some really kick ass boxing scenes. The film was better than I expected and I’m glad I got to see it.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Southpaw? Are interested in this film and do you feel like the trailer has given away too much? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Southpaw Trailer #1

Howdy people of the internet, time for another trailer review and today we’ll be talking Southpaw. I have been interested in seeing this film for a good few months now and to finally see some footage makes me super happy. So how’s the trailer looking? Well read on and find out.

Check out the trailer below:

Looks very good, but I’m worried that I’ve seen too much.

So what do we have here? Looks like Jake Gyllenhaal is a boxer, things go wrong, he loses his wife, is deemed unfit to take care of his child, and does some less than legal stuff and becomes estranged from his daughter, etc. If it sounds like I’ve highlighted a fair amount of information that is a little more revealing than most trailers it is because I have. I was already sold this film when it had no trailer last year and there was just the image Gyllenhaal looking ripped as hell. But after the success of Nightcrawler I was definitely more hyped to see this film. However, this trailer has committed the worst sin a trailer can; it shows you the whole of the film in the trailer. I mean sure there’s probably a good few elements that won’t be seen until the film comes out, but when you watch this trailer you’re pretty much getting the gist of the entire film and that’s never a good thing. Trailers are meant to tease you with what’s to come and the rest of the experience is meant to be discovered in the cinema. I’m going to have to avoid most promotion for this film from now until it’s release because I don’t want to be spoiled any more.

Outside of my mini rant about the content shown in the trailer, overall I like what I’m seeing. It looks like Gyllenhaal is gonna kill it again giving us all of the emotional material necessary for this kind of role, but now with a more physical element with the boxing. It also looks like the relationship between Billy and his daughter will be a key component of this film and I love strong family ties in dramatic films. I also like seeing a bit of Forest Whitaker and I’m curious to see how Rachel McAdams fares in this film as I haven’t seen her in anything since Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Southpaw looks pretty good, while the story has very familiar territory written all over it at the same time there are some unique elements and the performances look very solid. If you’re looking forward to this film avoid the trailers if you can because it pretty much gives away the important details of the story which would be better left unseen and experienced freshly.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Southpaw? Are interested in this film and do you feel like the trailer has given away too much? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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