September 3, 2015

Movie Review: Southpaw ***1/2

We've seen this story before; the champion boxer who has to deal with a tragedy, who's down on his luck and, against all odds, fights to regain his title.
But I liked Southpaw anyway. Mostly, for the performances. Jake Gyllenhaall is one of my favorites because he always delivers a solid performance. He does his best with this material, and there are a lot of flaws with the script. Forest Whitaker is, of course, a highlight, as is Rachel McAdams. I don't love the young actor who plays his daughter - her performance is too orchestrated for me, but she will tug at many heartstrings. Just not mine.
It's an entertaining couple of hours.
Three and a half stars out of five for Southpaw.

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