If you didn’t already know, boxing movies are still the thing, for today we have another. Starring Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez and Usher Raymond, Hands Of Stone is based on the true stories of boxer Roberto Duran and his celebrated trainer Ray Arcel…
Hands Of Stone is directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz and also stars Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
I’ll be tuning in mainly because of De Niro, Ramirez, Turturro and of course, the story of greatness.
For all fans of boxing movies, here comes another one…
This trailer isn’t perfect but I’m interested in the fighter’s story. More so than the actual fight sequences. The fighter, Anthony is played by Christian DeMeo (young Anthony) and William Demeo. When Young Anthony’s parents are no longer in the picture, how will the relationship between him and the mob boss that has taken him under his wing play out? I’m hoping this movie may just be better than the trailer may suggest.
Michael Madsen, Shannen Doherty, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin and Mike Mike Tyson also star.
Antoine Fuqua is the man in the director’s seat for Southpaw, the movie where Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy Hope, a successful boxer seeking redemption after an unbearable tragedy derails his life completely.
Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation is noticeably impressive but it comes second to everything he manages to achieve with his character’s emotional journey.
As you watch the movie, you may find yourself cursing testosterone for being the cause of at least one of the bad things that happens to Hope. However, what seems like an absence of good sense likely also plays a large part.
Overall, there’s nothing particularly surprising or refreshingly new in Southpaw. Though there is one key aspect of the plot that would have been a great surprise – had it not been revealed in the trailer months prior.
Watch Southpaw because you like the filmmaking team and you’re curious about the movie’s exploration of redemption, regret, second chances, starting over and of course, the sport of boxing.
Forrest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams also star.