There is tragedy, there is breakdown, there are earnest boxing training scenes, there is a white guy turned victorious hero. But while Southpaw takes care to land punches on all the familiar targets, it also ducks and weaves around masculine stereotypes in some unexpected ways.
“Southpaw” is a macho boxing movie about the problems with masculinity
In order to tear champion Billy played by Gyllenhaal down and give him motivation, his perfect wife, Maureen Rachel McAdams is senselessly murdered early on in the film. Fortunately, his life is turned around by a magical black person in the form of boxing coach Tick Wills, played inevitably by Forest Whitaker. But while the revenge narrative is there, the film unusually goes out of its way to undermine and denigrate it. His wife was also his business manager, and without her his finances have collapsed—he needs income so he can care for his daughter Leila Oona Laurence.
Maureen is killed after Magic insults her at a charity event. In Southpaw , defending and fighting for your woman leads not to catharsis, but to idiotic posturing, death, and loss.
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Anger and honor, though, are presented as symptoms. In a lot of revenge films, vulnerability is the impetus for an orgy of bloodshed.
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