Southpaw is a film about a boxer named Bobby Hope, played by Jake Gyllenhall, who is on top of the world. He has a perfect record of 42-0, holds the world title, and is married to a beautiful woman with an amazing daughter. After his last fight, his wife starts to talk him into retiring so that he doesn’t become too “punch-drunk.” At a charity fundraiser, an event happens that causes Hope to sink into a deep depression. He loses his girl to child services, his home and all his possessions get repossessed, and his trainers and management team all leave him for a new and upcoming boxer. Hope needs to get his life together so that he can get his daughter back, and more importantly, his life back.
With an amazing cast backing up his script, writer Kurt Sutter sets up an inspiring story about a father swallowing his pride and doing what it takes to get back his daughter. Gyllenhall delivers a performance that I feel he could only deliver. He shows the anger and frustration that the character needed to show, all while holding back the pain that Bobby Hope wouldn’t show. Forrest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams and 50 Cent all play supporting characters that you either love with your whole heart or despise with everything in your soul. In fact, there were many times where I cursed out one of those characters in my head because of what they were doing. When I can forget that I’m watching a movie and yell at someone in my head, it proves that they were the perfect choice for that role. All the actors in this film were just that, perfect. Backed with an amazing soundtrack and fantastic camera work during the boxing matches, this is definitely a must see from me.