Inspiration and challenge: Katie review
Paul Zanon reports from Sunday's UK premiere of the Katie Taylor documentary Katie, and pronounces it a biopic that packs a real punch...
One thing that that struck me as I walked into the crowded foyer of people waiting to see the Katie Taylor biopic Katie (director Ross Whitaker) at the Regent Street Cinema on Sunday evening, was that at least 80 per cent of the audience was female.
The incredible story of one lady’s elite achievement in a male-saturated industry was perhaps the inspirational hook that contributed to such a high percentage.
Whether you have a fleeting or devoted interest in boxing and irrespective of your gender, this is without doubt a great production, which will engross you from the get-go.
Taylor is a natural athlete.
Football, table tennis, boxing, you name it. She’s done it all and has the silverware to prove it.
Working her way through the amateur gears, she hoovered up all the silverware on offer, including a 2012 Olympic gold medal in London.
With her sights firmly set on repeating the achievement four years later in Rio, disaster struck midway through her preparations. A family issue caused her father, also her term trainer, to be pulled out of her team.
The Bray favourite was absolutely heartbroken and devastated, which was consequently reflected in her battles in the square ring.
She not only lost her opportunity to gain gold once again after an opening bout defeat in the Rio games of 2016, but also lost her path in life.
Thankfully, with a new trainer (Ross Enamait) and environment, by way of Connecticut, USA, Taylor re-established herself and reignited the fire in her belly.
The comeback trail in her life was her entrance into the professional boxing arena and boy did she come back with a vengeance! At the time of writing Taylor is a unified WBA and IBF world champion, with a further unification showdown with WBO boss Rose Volante scheduled for March.
The incredibly well-mannered Taylor is humble, shy, polite and also boasts a punch like a mule’s kick.
Watching her smash her way up to two world titles will put a tear in your eye whilst also making you want to put on a pair of gloves and lay into a punchbag.
Katie is certainly worth a viewing, irrespective of whether you like sport or boxing.
It’s a movie about inspiration and challenge in the face of pioneering adversity.
Beautifully filmed and edited, it comes highly recommended.