The Iron Claw (2023)

The Iron Claw (2023)

This exceptionally casted biopic is a painful and powerful blow to the heart

The Very Best

8.5

Movie

United Kingdom, United States of America
English
Drama, History
2023
SEAN DURKIN
Aaron Dean Eisenberg, Brian Hite, Cazzey Louis Cereghino
132 min

TLDR

You know that feeling you get when you realize what you’re watching is going to be a classic, bound to be rewound in many a movie night? That’s The Iron Claw for you.

What it's about

Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) directs this biopic following the famed Von Erich family, who rose to wrestling fame in the 1980s.

The take

The story of the Von Erich family is excruciatingly sad, but Iron Claw doesn’t dive right into the tragedy. Instead, it takes care to paint a picture of a close-knit family that’s filled with just as much warmth, jealousy, affection, and resentment as the next bunch. Durkin masterfully draws you into their circle so that everything that happens next is sure to cut deep. The choreography, chemistry, color—everything is carefully and beautifully set up, but the casting is what stands out the most. This wouldn’t have worked as well if it weren’t for the inspired move to pair Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, and Stanley Simons as brothers and partners. On the internet, people have been dubbing The Iron Claw as “Little Women and The Virgin Suicides for men” and it’s not hard to see why. Apart from the sibling bond over glory and growing pains, all these films are also powerful explorations of gender. Iron Claw is a vicious takedown of toxic masculinity, while also being a searing family drama and an incredible showcase for Efron and company.

What stands out

Zac Efron gives a career-best, knockout performance here. He deserves all the awards.

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