No joke: The worldview in Warrior, the fighting movie that scored an Oscar nomination for Nick Nolte, makes me shiver. It’s terrifying. And I just wrote about why at NPR’s Monkey See.
Here’s an excerpt:
make no mistake, Warrior wants us to know it has a philosophy. Consider younger brother Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy): Within the first ten minutes, we’re told he was an undefeated young wrestling champion, which made people compare him to the ancient Greek fighter Theogenes. We even see the family’s homemade chart comparing Theogenes’ and Tommy’s records. Young Conlon is less a man than a heroic ballad waiting to be sung.
And the MMA tournament the Conlons join? The winner-take-all competition that nets the champion $5 million? It’s called Sparta.
And Paddy Conlon? The father? He wallows in regret about his drunken past by listening to Moby-Dick on tape. He even gets so loaded that he confuses himself with Ahab. Could that mean his sons, who were alienated by his addiction, have become his white whales? Maybe so.
You can read the full essay here. (And if I may be tacky… I’m really proud of this one!)