I pencilled in Saturday 25th July 2015 as the day I watch “Southpaw”, I told my friend she should accompany me because for some reason, in my heart I felt like this is the movie for Jake, this is the movie which finally emulates how incredible of an actor Jake Gyllenhaal is. But carrying on, she was late as usual so we missed the show we originally planned to go to and rerouted to Westfield, London. After all these trials and tribulations we finally made it, only to grab the last 2 seats remaining in the hall! IT WAS FULLY BOOKED.
Great sign already right?
Rather than me writing up the synopsis that everyone has already read online somewhere, I’ll just attach and excerpt from IMDb below:
“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.”
Now, I sincerely believe Jake deserves an Oscar already. This movie followed the classic tale of a boxing match and the ups and downs of this full frontal sport. However, what Jake brings was this edge, this grittiness to the drama and heartache. You follow a man’s heights and destruction and grow stronger with him via every punch; the more you get hit the harder you fight, right?
It is written by Sons of Anarchy writer Kurt Sutter, so all you SOA fans, first and foremost go and watch Southpaw!
His wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) and Leila (Oona Laurence) play a crucial role in the movie as well and even though we don’t see much of Rachel (not a spoiler, the trailer exposes that as well, okay) – Jake and Rachel’s chemistry and love is absolutely “phenomenal”. It starts the spinoff of the turmoil that touches Billy’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) life. Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker) is the seasoned boxer and gym owner that almost rescues Billy from his constant self battle, it’s their relationship that really reels you in and makes you understand the truth behind the troubles in life.
Jake’s a contender alright, maybe even for an Oscar?
Go watch it in the theatres, the music, the action – it’s worth every penny.