Dan’s review published on Letterboxd:
So I’ve gone the last few years just fully assuming that Warrior was a Letterboxd favourite, but I’ve just rewatched it and gone to look at the ratings and reviews for it, only to find 83k logged views?
I don’t want to say too much about this, other than it’s one of Tom Hardy’s best performances, and in my opinion he completely disappears. As he plays a broken man, his posture and body language just do so much of the work and add so much physicality to the characterisation, to such an extent that even though Hardy’s face is (for once) undisguised, you just don’t see him. That’s not to forget about Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte, who are both great too (Nolte in particular), but man Hardy really kills it here.
It honestly might be the best fighting movie I can think of outside of Rocky and Raging Bull, but the best fights aren’t even the ones in the octagon. The dysfunctional family dynamics in the movie are where the real focus lies, and I’m not ashamed to say there’s a scene in here that makes me cry every time I watch it.
Gavin O’Connor’s assured, laser-focused direction elevates the film from simply being another sports-drama movie, and instead makes it so real and raw. The stakes feel so personal and you get so invested in the characters, there’s just this ubiquitous sense of immense gravitas (wow that sounded pretentious).
I didn’t know much going in the first time and I think that helped my experience a lot, so I won’t say much more, but I really think this is a gem that Letterboxd/the film community in general has been sleeping on a bit. I wasn’t expecting Christopher Nolan numbers but I thought a lot more people would be watching this one.
Also, if this helps sway anyone to watch it, it‘s rated #161 on IMDb’s Top 250 list.
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