Boxing movies are normally decent hits because they offer a sports film about fighters; in life and in the ring. We watch someone get repeatedly knocked down without quitting because they have something to fight for. In the past, boxing movies such as Raging Bull, Rocky, The Fighter, Million Dollar Baby, and even Cinderella Man have drawn us in and captured our hearts. Boxing movies are just great.
This year three boxing movies are scheduled to come out that look very promising, which is nice. In a couple of weeks on July 24 things are kicked off with Southpaw, followed up by Creed (Nov. 25) and finished with Bleed for This, which doesn’t have a release date. Each of the films looks promising because they offer a different story that revolves around boxing with great casts attached.
Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal and was written by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy). It focuses on a title holding boxer who gets into an altercation which ends up with the death of his wife. This causes him to hit rock bottom in life and overcome personal loss to become great again. The movie looks very dark and like it will be another solid notch on Gyllenhaal’s resume. I’m curious to see how this writing performance is from Sutter, because his second half of Sons was sub-par.
Creed brings us back to the Rocky franchise with a new character, Adonis Johnson, played by Michael B. Jordan. Johnson is a young fighter who never knew his dad and doesn’t want anything to do with him. He is out to prove himself as one of the greats and eventually tracks down his father’s old friend and competitor, Rocky Balboa, for training. This leads us into a new era where Rocky is on the sideline guiding and teaching a new fighters (we’ll just ignore Tommy Gunn). I hope that they get Creed right because the Rocky films were always so inspiring, but Ryan Coogler is a good director and knows how to bring the best out of Jordan.
Bleed for This definitely seems to be the least known of the three films, but it is the third boxing movie that stars Miles Teller and tells us the crazy comeback story of Vinny Pazienza. Teller is a fantastic actor and I think he could really nail this role. I don’t know anything about the director but will still see this movie for Teller. This film doesn’t have a release date yet, but it could be a possible Oscar contender.
Boxing films hook us because they are emotional. People take their anger out in fighting for something and it makes for a good movie. There is a chance that these three movies could continue the string of solid boxing movies from year’s past and end 2015 strongly. I have high hopes for these movies and it would be awesome if they were all successful.