A couple of weeks ago, there was a topic going around social media (I don’t remember if it was Facebook or Twitter or both) that said “The movie that was #1 at the domestic box office on your tenth birthday is the way the rest of your 2021 is going to go.” Interested, I looked it up and my movie was 1979’s The Warriors. I had never heard of it before so I placed it on the DailyView list.
Now having watched it on HBO Max, two thoughts come into my head. One, the film is about gang warfare and that does not bode well for the rest of my 2021. And two, what the hell was this?
I legitimately hated this movie.
It has 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, but I don’t care. This was terrible.
All the gangs of New York met at a big summit. They were all gangs like you might see in the Mystery Men. Then, one of the gang leaders named Cyrus (Roger Hill) started to talk to the assembled gangs. He actually said the line “Can you dig that?” several times making me think of wrestler Booker T. Cyrus even threw in a “sucker” at one point. Then, one of the other gang members, Luther (David Patrick Kelly) shot Cyrus and blamed the gang The Warriors. So the Warriors are suddenly being hunted by all the other gangs and had to try to make it back to their own turf.
Absolutely zero character development. I had no idea who this Cyrus was and why his death caused all of these other rival gang members to go so bonkers. Cyrus was giving off some distinct cult leader type vibes so it did not surprise me that someone took a shot at him. Then, with Luther, I have seen better villainous motives on The Laff-a-Lympics. When asked why he shot Cyrus and blamed the Warriors, he said “no reason. I just like doing stuff like that.” Profound. Deep character depth. NOT.
Director Walter Hill spent more time on style than he did on substance. The film had a tone about it that is not your typical film. However, I could not have given two craps about anyone in the story and it doesn’t matter how creative the imagery is or how great the music is (and the music was a strength) if I don’t care about any of the people.
Apparently this has become one of those cult classic films over the years, but I am not interested in that either. I disliked this from early on and the conclusion of the film did little to sway my opinion.