First off, I have to thank AMC Theatres for providing 2 free tickets to see Southpaw last night! Going into the movie, I was pretty neutral, no expectations whatsoever. The theater was pretty crowded, the sound went out at the beginning of the movie, & the entire theater was laughing when someone shouted out “I want my money back!”. But here’s a breakdown of what I gathered from Southpaw.
Compared to other boxing movies, or sports movies as a whole, Southpaw had a lot more emotion and drama put into it. It felt like a twist on other movies, but a good one. It moved at a good pace, there were very few points where I thought the movie dragged on, but even then it was very small. Southpaw is one of those movies that touches on a number of subjects simultaneously, which works out for the most part, but I kind of felt like there wasn’t much closure on everything at the end, but more-so we’re just given a happy ending and left with that. Along with the drama, there is also comedic bits from both Jake Gyllenhaal & Forest Whitaker.
The entire cast of Southpaw had good performances. Not great or exceptional, but good. I don’t have any complaints on this end, but the only note I would like to make is that you will get a sense that 50 Cent is more or less playing a role that is pretty close to how the general public really perceives him.
There was too much unnecessary handheld camera movement going on. In the beginning it almost drove me crazy how much the camera was moving even when the actor wasn’t. There’s a particular moment in the beginning where Jake Gyllenhaal is talking to Rachel McAdams, the camera is focused on Gyllenhaal, but it’s moving up & down, up & down, up & down and I’m thinking to myself GET A MONOPOD, A TRIPOD OR SOMETHING! And it’s not like Southpaw was directed by a first timer, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) has been doing this since the 90’s. Use Steady Hands (Thank You if you catch the reference).
My friend and I both agreed that the movie was pretty entertaining. It’s worth a morning or matinee ticket that’s no more than $7.50, but anymore than that is where the price outweighs the value. I enjoyed the movie, the performances, and there wasn’t a slew of issues that kept eating away at me (Genisys). As far as a rating goes, I’ll give it a C+, meaning it was good enough to keep me entertained, has a few problems, but there’s nothing that’s exceptional that pushes it to the next level.
Southpaw releases this Friday, let me know what you think if you decide to go see it, and feel free to ask me anything else about the movie that I may not have covered. Also be sure to subscribe to The Wingfield Blog.
Thank You for Listening,
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