One of my favorite movies. I remember watching it for the first time and just BAWLIN like a baby. I don't want to give anything away, but it's a must-see. Warrior is a profound story of two brothers, their broken relationships with their father, and MMA fighting. It's been lauded as one of the few, if any, films that was able to combine all these elements in one movie without it being cliche or incongruous.
I think what makes a great film is the humanity and depth of the characters. A great plot is of course desirable and brings more action and movement to a 2-hour performance. However, if the characters have no depth, if there is no connection, no mutual understanding between your soul and theirs, well... then the story cannot succeed. The intense and slightly extreme nature of the relationships within this movie might be a bit dramatic or not relatable to many people, but we're all human. We all feel the same things for the most part.
There's 3 things we as people can all agree on, probably:
1. Family; you can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em
2. Forgiveness is the hardest when it comes to family
3. But the reward, relief, and freedom one experiences when there is forgiveness in family creates a significant and powerful bond -- reconciliation. I know that no matter how prideful people can be, beneath all that.. we want, no, we need reconciliation.
It also helps that both of the brothers are extremely hot men.. and I love Tom Hardy.. and Joel Edgerton becomes more attractive the more I watch this movie.
Anyway, the best performance had to be Nick Nolte, who plays the former alcoholic, ex-marine, and ex-boxer father. It was beautiful, really. His attempt to re-establish relationships with his sons are so heart-wrenching, and the hardened hearts of Tom and Joel are understandable yet hurtful. I don't want to say anything else about the movie as to give anything away, but the fighting in this movie is also freaking awesome. I'm not a huge fan of MMA fighting because the brutality and violence of it is a little too much for me, but you have to respect all the hard work that these actors and real fighters actually go through to get their bodies to that point.