FILM REVIEW: “The Warriors”

From Willamette Week, 8/15/07:

After the Warriors are blamed for assassinating gang leader extraordinaire Cyrus during a late night hooligan convention, every chain-toting gang member from the West Village to Flatbush Avenue goes on a mission to beat the shit out of the Coney Island thugs. The Warriors is the ultimate gritty urban fantasy, perfectly capturing the golden age of New York grime in the 1970s. It’s also a whimsical meditation on gang culture and the tenuous loss of youth. More than anything else, it’s just plain badass: the Warriors are the only people in history to actually look mean and terrifying wearing Village People-esque leather cowboy fatigues. Director Walter Hill may not have known it at the time, but The Warriors is a real artifact of a period long lost in New York’s history (word is that Coney Island’s Astroland amusement park will most likely be torn down within the next year to make way for condos). God help the confused people who are remaking this classic — it’s almost impossible to imagine it getting any better than the original.

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  1. holla!

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