Critic Review - New Yorker

The movie is so skillfully made, and the performances are so convincingly real (Hardy is sensational), that, as it reaches its cathartic, winning finish, it achieves a surprising compassion and honesty.

September 19, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (3)
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Sep 19 - 08:04 AM

BlackEye

T R Black

Yeah! Let‚??s celebrate war, man‚??s most noble, heroic endeavor. Let‚??s drink to the Irish! Let‚??s don a blue stocking cap and have a fight in Philadelphia, Adrian. Let‚??s celebrate the critics who celebrate this film. Especially the critics from The New Yorker and New York Magazine. Maybe it‚??s the plot twist of using Beethoven‚??s Ode to Joy as an entry march instead of Kid Rock‚??s self-aggrandizing vanity anthem with the same title as this film, recently used on the big screen as a pre-preview ad to induce young men, overwhelmed by excessive testosterone, to enter into armed conflict.

Despite the cavalcade of clich√©s, you have to credit this film for its honest portrayal of physical laws: Catholicism + Militarism = Toxicity. And, the script allowed the smartest guy (physics teacher) in the cage to win the whole enchilada, not to mention his dad‚??s long overdue respect. Win/win. But not Win Win, a far superior film about wrestling and respect.

Sadly, what also rings true within this overlong melodrama about rings, cages and theatres of war, is the abject failure of our educational systems. The message: study hard kids, and you too can earn the opportunity to turn your head into that of a cabbage patch doll who can, in turn, have slurred conversations with ex-champs.

And, even though you are bright enough to understand the laws of physics and have the talent to convey those complexities to distracted teens, you still aren‚??t bright enough to realize the prize money you are seeking is provided by the criminal element from within investment banking (hedge fund manager) who helped create the financial fiasco that resulted in your local banker foreclosing on your house. Not only did he participate in the con to take your house, but he uses a fraction of his heist to induce a gaggle of goons to pulverize their countenances into oatmeal as an expensive replacement for Viagra.

I know I was inspired by soldiers of color in crisp beige uniforms cheering on extreme ‚??manly‚?? violence as a way out of financial difficulties. I am reassured, and homeland secured, knowing they are ready to die for leaders like a man, who some people possessing advanced college degrees soberly consider a legitimate potential potentate for president, Rick Parry, who views them with the same disdain that Confederate Sons have always demonstrated. Semper fi!

Maybe all these guys would be more likable as drunks, eh Nick? I‚??ll drink to that.

Sep 20 - 08:40 PM

BlackEye

T R Black

Yeah! Let‚??s celebrate war, man‚??s most noble, heroic endeavor. Let‚??s drink to the Irish! Let‚??s don a blue stocking cap and have a fight in Philadelphia, Adrian. Let‚??s celebrate the critics who celebrate this film. Especially the critics from The New Yorker and New York Magazine. Maybe it‚??s the plot twist of using Beethoven‚??s Ode to Joy as an entry march instead of Kid Rock‚??s self-aggrandizing vanity anthem with the same title as this film, recently used on the big screen as a pre-preview ad to induce young men, overwhelmed by excessive testosterone, to enter into armed conflict.

Despite the cavalcade of clich√©s, you have to credit this film for its honest portrayal of physical laws: Catholicism + Militarism = Toxicity. And, the script allowed the smartest guy (physics teacher) in the cage to win the whole enchilada, not to mention his dad‚??s long overdue respect. Win/win. But not Win Win, a far superior film about wrestling and respect.

Sadly, what also rings true within this overlong melodrama about rings, cages and theatres of war, is the abject failure of our educational systems. The message: study hard kids, and you too can earn the opportunity to turn your head into that of a cabbage patch doll who can, in turn, have slurred conversations with ex-champs.

And, even though you are bright enough to understand the laws of physics and have the talent to convey those complexities to distracted teens, you still aren‚??t bright enough to realize the prize money you are seeking is provided by the criminal element from within investment banking (hedge fund manager) who helped create the financial fiasco that resulted in your local banker foreclosing on your house. Not only did he participate in the con to take your house, but he uses a fraction of his heist to induce a gaggle of goons to pulverize their countenances into oatmeal as an expensive replacement for Viagra.

I know I was inspired by soldiers of color in crisp beige uniforms cheering on extreme ‚??manly‚?? violence as a way out of financial difficulties. I am reassured, and homeland secured, knowing they are ready to die for leaders like a man, who some people possessing advanced college degrees soberly consider a legitimate potential potentate for president, Rick Parry, who views them with the same disdain that Confederate Sons have always demonstrated. Semper fi!

Maybe all these guys would be more likable as drunks, eh Nick? I‚??ll drink to that.

Sep 20 - 08:41 PM

Alim Jinnah

Alim Jinnah

bravo for giving away the ending...

Sep 22 - 05:36 PM

Stephano Ise

Stephano Ise

tom hardy was flipping great! and all of the cast too! amazing movie!

Nov 18 - 10:16 PM

Raul Magana

Raul Magana

Completely agreed! Fantastic film.

Dec 28 - 10:43 PM

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