Southpaw Reviews Down Movie, But Jake Gyllenhaal's Abs Mean Oscar

Posted: Jun 18 2015, 5:28am CDT | by , in Latest Movie News


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Southpaw Reviews Down Movie, but Jake Gyllenhaal's Abs Mean Oscar

The first critics have released their SouthPaw reviews. The reviews praise Jake Gyllenhaal's method acting, but find the movie overall too cliche and uninspired.

Movie reviews from pundits have no real connection to how well a movie is doing at the box office. Just take Jurassic World as the most recent example. Now the first reviews of the boxing film Southpaw have been published by the likes of Variety, THR and others.

The reviews are all praising Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of boxer Billy "The Great" Hope. Much has been said already about Jake Gyllenhaal's abs and his intense workout over 10 months to get the amazing physic. According to People, his trainer Terry Claybon had Gyllenhaal do a 1,000 sit-ups a day, 100 pull-ups, 100 dips, 2 sets of 100 squats, jumping rope, and running 8 miles a day. This was in addition to the boxing training. "He gained 15 lbs. of muscle," says Claybon. "But when you see the fight scenes in the movie you're going to say, 'Wow he transformed! He looks just like a boxer, he boxes like a boxer.' We trained Jake just like a boxer and his body developed that way."

While Gyllenhaal might be up for an Oscar in Southpaw, critics are not impressed with Antoine Fuqua's directing. The movie hits all boxing movie cliches and is just a tad too conventional. The criticism though all points to a massive success at the box office. See links to reviews below.

Southpaw tells the story of Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle.

When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award (R) winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city's toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick's guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.

Southpaw will be in theaters on July 24 world-wide.

Southpaw Review Round-up


The Hollywood Reporter

Screen Daily


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