The current landscape of art has really gotten me down. The only art genre that doesn't seem so sanitized is music. I can listen to a lot of music both new and old and still enjoy it. Books and films have become a bit of a slog lately. I've always preferred older literature, so I'm not truly suffering there. However, as I've stated a few times before, I've lost my love of film. That is why I've recently been on a quest to watch a lot of movies that I really dig to remind me why I fell in love with movies in the first place.
I recently rewatched The Warriors with my daughter. My daughter watched it with me when she was about six. She is now fourteen so I figured it would be nice to revisit it. She did mention something that I don't really think about. "Dad, there are a lot of weird looking people in older movies." Now, I know she didn't mean that as an insult, but she's right. Actors used to be hired on their ability to act and not because they looked like a supermodel.
We talked about how the movie had a comic book feel throughout. We talked about the outlandish designs of all the gangs. She referred to the gang on roller skates at The CWC gang because they were wearing the Classic Chris shirts.
When the radio host came on, she asked me, "didn't they steal this and put it in John Wick 4?"
"It's called an homage, but yes."
If you haven't seen The Warriors, it's a film about several gangs that meet up to hear what a gang leader known as Cyrus has to say. Cyrus wants all the gangs to join forces and take over NYC. Unfortunately, Cyrus is shot by Sully from Commando. The only person who saw him was a member of the gang known as the Warriors. Sully frames the Warriors for the killing of Cyrus and the group has to bop their way back to their home in Coney Island.
As I've already pointed out, the film feels very comic-like. All of the gangs wear their own uniforms and the cinematography throughout the film feels akin to panels from a comic book. There are some of the Warriors that I like more than others (James Remar's character can suck eggs), but ultimately we're rooting for Swan, the new War Chief.
The film feels very dingy but that dinginess is what helps give the film its distinct look. There are a lot of reasons why I love this movie but the costume design and the cinematography are the highlights for me.