Marlborough Mid-Week : August 26th 2015
18 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, AUGUST 26, 2015 stuff.co.nz ake Gyllenhaal’s appetite for physical transformation continues apace here after the emaciation of Nightcrawler, but while he more than looks the part of light heavyweight boxer Billy Hope in physique, technique and intent, Southpaw’s lead is let down by an overly conventional tale that fails to distinguish itself. While the film’s first act traces a champ’s fall from grace, Raging Bull this ain’t. Anddespite a familiar redemptive arc commencing, it’s not The Fighter either. Like David Tua’s career, the film coasts along on the skills of a supremely talented individual while seldom giving its all. The fight scenes are visceral and gripping, with director Antoine Fuqua successfully showcasing Gyllenhaal’s pugilism and placing the audience on the receiving end of a pummelling. Fight fans should know, though, that bouts only make up the opening and closing rounds of the film, with the majority of Southpaw following Hope’s sudden, tragic decline and subsequent personal rehabilitation. As toomany additional threads are introduced, from crooked management to underprivileged kids, Southpaw creaks under the weight of too many elements, inevitably reduced to almost the point of cliche. Sons of Anarchy writer Kurt Sutter has overstuffed a screenplay (originally intended for Eminem) to the film’s detriment, only to discard plenty as it reaches a predictable climax. Perhaps this is a consequence of his inexperience in writing for the big screen, Southpaw being Sutter’s first feature, but whatever the reason, it proves a distraction from Gyllenhaal’s powerful turn that would have benefited from tighter focus and increased plausibility. Nevertheless, his committed performance makes the film watchable, aided by supporting efforts from Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, and you know what? Even 50 Cent. Boxing flick Southpawlacks originality J STEVENEWELL Flicks.co.nz Rachel McAdams and Jake Gyllenhaal both deliver terrific performances in Southpaw. SOUTHPAW (R16)★★★ Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, RachelMcAdams Director: Antoine Fuqua 124mins Wills, EPAs and trusts after a marriage break-up GOLDENRULES ROB STOCK email@example.com MONEY TALKS F amily break-ups bring a flurry of administration. Houses chopped down the middle, record and book collections split, the dog going one way, the cat the other . . . But even when separate lives are established, there’s more to do. Wills must be rewritten. So must enduring powers of attorney (EPA). If you’ve never set up a family trust, nowmaybe the time to start. All this becomes incredibly important if there are children. Wills, EPAs and trusts ensure your wishes are respected when you are no longer able to enforce them, either because you are dead or incapable, perhaps after a traumatic head injury. Until they are grown up, children are reliant on their parents. That doesn’t change just because the parents live in different homes. The will is there to distribute your wealth and name guardians for the children. Having an up-to-date will is essential. Property and personal care EPAs give the legal right to nominated people to make ■ Have a will, EPAs and consider a trust ■ Keep them upto date ■ Get advice decisions on your behalf if you no longer can. If you don’t have them and something awful happens to you, the courts will name your attorneys for you. Whenyou are married, husband and wife’s wills and EPAs tend to be mirrors of each other so on splitting up they need changing. EPAs will be changed to name someone else – a sister, a brother, or if young enough, parents. Wills will also be changed but will still, hopefully, mirror each other in one respect. They must agree onwho would look after the kids should one or other or both parents die. The place in this jigsaw of legal arrangements of family trusts is often to secure the family home. Ahome in a trust is legally owned by the trust’s trustees who hold it for the benefit of the beneficiaries. Amanwho has split with his wife, andwho still owns a house, mayplace it in trust for the benefit of him and his children, and if he dies, just the children. The trustees’ job is to look after the assets until it is time to distribute them to the children, when they can do what they wish with them. Some people decide that’ll be when the children are aged 25. Splitting is sad, but it is also an administrative headache. Atrust can also be the recipient of that newly single man’s life insurance payment for the trustees to use to help pay for the children’s upbringing should that parent die. Atrust should also help preserve the assets for his children, even if themangets hitched again, though increasingly second-timers insist on ‘‘contracting out’’ agreements (another trip to the lawyer) stating that if they split, each takes with them the assets they brought to the relationship. Howcomplicated life is these days. But, as Jonathan Cron from NewZealand Trustees says, all this is made easy by working out what you want to happen and going to a professional to get the will, EPAs and trust prepared. It’s frustrating that a marriage break-up, like a home purchase, brings professional fees just when you are strapped for cash but the cost of getting it wrong can be so muchhigher.
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