I’ve seen my fair share of fighting movies in my day, and I’ve found most of them to be extremely well done. Often times, fighting movies incorporate an intensely emotional or dramatic theme into their plots, allowing the film to take on different genres and appeal to a wider audience in the process.
A few nights ago, Blaine and I watched Warrior via Netflix. He had already seen it and recommended we watch it, and so we did.
Warrior is “a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O’Connor and written by O’Connor, Cliff Dorfman, and Anthony Tambakis. It stars Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as two estranged brothers whose entrance into a mixed martial arts tournament makes them come to terms with their lives and each other, and Nick Nolte as their alcoholic father; Jennifer Morrison and Frank Grillo also star,” the film’s Wikipedia page explains.
Tommy, played by Hardy, and Brendan, played by Edgerton, collectively portray the relationship between two estranged brothers each grappling with a tremendous amount of anger and betrayal for each other. The boys end up reuniting as a result of the MMA tournament they both enter, but haven’t spoken in years, and the performances from both Hardy and Edgerton are absolutely phenomenal, in my opinion. Their father Paddy, played by Nolte, also gives an impeccable performance, and the combination of these three men acting in their roles as a family is very well done.
This film may be a fighting-based one, but it’s also a whole lot more than just that. This movie really hit me in terms of the emotional backgrounds of all of its main characters, and I don’t think the cast selection could have been any better. It really is that good.
If you haven’t seen Warrior, give it a watch. I wish I had seen it sooner.
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