Saturday April 29th 2017

Warrior

I have had quite the couple of movie-going days this week. First, I witness what I to believe the best film of 2011 so far, and now I’m faced with the direct runner up…Warrior.

Warrior is one of those films where you can’t help but laugh, can’t help but cheer, can’t help but get a little teary eyed with excitement at what is unfolding in front of you on the big screen.

For some reason unbeknown to me, Warrior is flopping at the box office. It’s getting rave reviews (deservedly), yet it isn’t drawing the audience into the theater.

The acting is superb. Tom Hardy plays a stubborn, borderline nuts, but incredibly loyal Iraq vet. Joel Edgerton plays his brother, a former professional fighter turned high school physics teacher. They’re brothers, and the sons of an abusive drunk of a father, portrayed by Nick Nolte.

These three men give incredible performances. While Nick Nolte doesn’t need to put his name on anyone’s radar, he shines as the heartbroken old man who is still battling the demons of his past. The other two actors’ names better be on your radar after you see Warrior…Get ready for it, because we’ll be seeing Hardy and Edgerton in many more films in the upcoming years.

I was trying to think of negatives to this movie, and I really can’t come up with any. The acting, the story, the music, the editing, the pace…Warrior has got it all. If I am to make one complaint, it’s that I found myself wanting more at the end. Generally speaking, I’m content with a movie’s ending, but with Warrior, there are so many stories that need concluded (not for the sake of the film, but for my own sake).

If you can’t tell, I loved this movie.

I’m flabbergasted at its failure at the box office. Maybe it was released to far away from Oscar season. I get the feeling this movie would have exploded closer to the holidays.

If you liked The Fighter, you’ll love Warrior. If you loved The Fighter, you’ll go nuts for Warrior.

Go see it.

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