Movie Review: The Warriors

Classic. That’s one word I would use to describe this legendary movie. My first movie review is will be about my all time favorite movie, The Warriors!

This all time classic hit theaters on February 9th, 1979. Estimated with a budget of $4 million and made about $22 million in box office, this movie was something all action fans at the time loved and can’t say I blame them for it! This movie featured almost everything that I love about action movies: brawls, decent storytelling, women, and most importantly badass characters. Almost each characters in the movie played their parts really well and it made audiences feel like they’re part of the movie themselves. This movie took place at Coney Island in New York City, which has become an infamous movie location ever since the popularity of this movie sky rocketed to the top. One of the main things about this movie that I love was the variety of gangs and their uniqueness. You had gangs such as of course The Warriors, Riffs, Jone Street Boys, The Orphans, Turnbull AC’s, even an all girl group called The Lizzies. Each gang had their own styles and I thought that was pretty cool. The Warriors themselves had some awesome characters and their were some members that I liked more than the others. 

My favorite members of the group are Swan, Snow, and Ajax. Swan, the Warlord of The Warriors, was what the gang needed as the leader. After the death of their previous leader Cleon, Swan took over and in my opinion he was the better leader than Cleon. Ajax was a straight up brawler and that’s what I loved about the guy. He was tough and he would fight anyone and everyone! Wasn’t afraid to take an ass whooping and he would even punk out anybody that didn’t want to fight at all. Snow stood out to me the most because he was always there for his crew. He was a quiet guy who also wasn’t afraid to fight anyone and stand with his gang. I just wish he was featured more in the movie because he was great. 

This movie also had an sadistic villain by the name of Luther. Luther was the leader of the rival gang, The Rogues. Luther murdered Cyrus, who was the leader of the Riffs. Once he done that, he blamed The Warriors for the murder and they became a target to all the gangs across NYC. The Warriors fought a long battle to make it make to their home turf, and it was all because Luther blamed them for Cyrus’ death. Luther was so sadistic. He would literally murder anyone then proceed to laugh like a clown. That’s what I love about movie villains, they would do anything they want and not regret anything about it. I wish we got to see Luther and the Rogues more because they could’ve been a real threat to the Warriors if they really tried. 

Now even though this movie is my all time favorite movie, I do have some criticisms about it. For one, we didn’t properly get an introduction to the characters in the movie. The movie started with Cyrus’ big gang meeting, but no presentation of the gangs, including the Warriors. Another criticism is that I feel like we didn’t get enough big brawls. I was definitely satisfied with the brawls I saw, but wished we gotta a little more, especially the Warriors fighting the Rogues that would’ve been great. Lastly, I felt that the ending of the movie didn’t live up to expectations. The movie ended with the Warriors coming face to face with the Rogues, the two Warlords Swan and Luther in each other’s faces, and then suddenly the Riffs appear to avenge Cyrus’ death. That would’ve been the PERFECT moment for the two gangs to finally have that big brawl against each other, especially having Swan and Luther beat the hell out of each other. 

Besides those criticisms, this movie gets an 9/10 to me. This was an all time classic and I can watch this movie over and over again and not get tired of it. I’ll enjoy watching this movie for the rest of my life! The Warriors will live on forever. 

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