It has taken me an awfully long time to finally sit down and watch Warrior. I’ve had it in my possession for months, but it felt like the the kind of film I needed to be 100% awake for and devote my full attention to. (I have a bad habit of just nodding off if I’m tired when I’m watching a film.) For that reason, it just kept getting put off.
As well as being a great film it’s also got a solid score, by Mark Isham. While I do enjoy the whole album, it’s the opening track, Listen to the Beethoven that gives me those good goosebumps.
It’s the mix of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the themes used in Warrior that kicks in at the 2 minute mark that just gets me. Used pretty perfectly for the training montage in the film.
As we’re on the topic of Warrior, this isn’t what I usually do with these sorts of post, but I really want to highlight The National’s About Today too.
Matt Berninger’s moody vocals aren’t the sort of match I would have expected for a film like Warrior, but it really works. I mean, the subject matter for Warrior isn’t exactly the most joyous, so in that way it matches. And the lyrics, literally, make me cry. Like the film did! I really need to listen to some more from The National.