I am a sucker for combat sport stories. I love Rocky, I loved Warrior and there’s something about the inner turmoil that people can only seem to get out through violence that really gets to me. So when photos of Jake Gyllenhaal showed him looking absolutely shredded for an upcoming Boxing movie well I got excited. Gyllenhaal blew my doors off with his creepy turn in Nightcrawler, so put that talent with my love of people hitting other people in the face? Sold!
The trailer for Southpaw is basically every boxing movie motif rolled into one. Fighter was on top of the world. Then his rival calls him out. Fighter’s loved one dies. Fighter is broke and shamed. Fighter loses kid. Fighter is humbled. Fighter has to make a come back and win his title and his family back! End Credits.
Now usually you see one or two of these themes in a single movie. Well Southpaw rolls them all into one and I guess we’ll see how things turn out. I’m still excited for the movie, I just wish it didn’t rely on every boxing movie ever made before it.
Soutpaw hits theaters July 31st.
The official Synopsis:
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and starring Academy Award® nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) comes a story of tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption… Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw,” consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting…one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife dead and sends him into a downward spiral. His days now an endless haze of alcohol and prescription drugs, his daughter taken by Child Services and his home repossessed by the bank, Billy’s fate is all but sealed until a washed up former boxer named Tick agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos. Relentless and utterly committed to a fighter that thinks as much as he throws punches, Tick rebuilds Billy into a new man: one that is agile, fearsome and uncompromising in the ring while thoughtful, loving and disciplined outside of it. Now, as he works to regain custody of his daughter and mounts a professional comeback, Billy must face his demons head-on as he learns that, sometimes, your greatest opponent can be yourself.