Film Reviews


I’ve just spent a rainy afternoon sat in the cinema all on my own.
I wanted to see ‘Southpaw’ and nobody was interested in seeing it with me.
I ended up being wedged in between two blondes (I hate to use the word dumb) but they had both obviously been dragged along by their boyfriends and didn’t really want to be there.
I very nearly planted my face in my palm when I heard one of them say ‘how did they come up with the title for this film anyway, it makes no sense!!’
The other one very nearly got her bag of popcorn stuffed over her head as she persisted in shaking it to ‘get the coating all over it’.
But even these two were on the edge of their seats by the end and I think they really enjoyed it.

I felt like Billy no mates, much like Jake Gyllenhaal in this movie as he played Billy Hope, a world champion boxer who loses everything… literally…. and fights to get it all back in more ways than one.

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Apart from being one of the most predictable storylines in history, it was actually a lot better than I expected it to be.
Jake Gyllenhaal transforms himself completely yet again and pulls off an astounding performance.

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Oona Laurence, who plays Billy’s daughter Hope, gives a heart wrenching performance and was perfectly cast to play opposite Jake as together they have an amazing on screen chemistry.

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The film itself takes the audience through a barrage of emotions from extreme highs of happiness to rock bottom, gut wrenching sadness.
At one point, shortly after Billy’s daughter slaps him repeated and screams ‘I hate you’ at him while being dragged out of the room, I actually just wanted to give Billy the biggest hug.
There are also moments of humour, most notably with Forest Whitaker who plays ‘Tick’, a boxing trainer who helps Billy get back on top again.

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Basically, if you like roller coasters, you’ll love Southpaw.

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