The Iron Claw is ruling the box office, bringing the Von Erich family's story to a wider audience in the theatres
Still from The Iron Claw
Two days in, and The Iron Claw has locked into a huge box office grip, raking in over $5 million. Critics, too, are captivated by its story, awarding it a place among the National Board of Review's top 10 of 2023. Is this the ultimate biopic bodyslam? Time will tell, but one thing's for sure, The Iron Claw is grabbing hold and refusing to let go.
The Iron Claw story
The movie takes a close look at the Von Erich family's messy relationships and the exciting world of wrestling. It shows how they became famous wrestlers, both in good times and bad. It stars Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, Harris Dickinson, Lily James, Maura Tierney, and Stanley Simons.
Zac and Jeremy’s physical transformation hit it hard among audiences. Zac got super ripped and shaved his hair like a bowl to be like Kevin Von Erich. And Jeremy gained almost forty pounds of muscle to be just as strong as Kerry Von Erich, the other famous wrestler.
The Iron Claw hit the big screens on December 22, after lots of talking and teasers. It was a long road to get there, with tons of work from everyone involved, but it looks like it's all paying off big time. From the director to the producers and actors, everyone's happy with the amazing turnout.
Netizens reactions on the film
From the heart-wrenching storyline to the breathtaking cinematography and bone-crunching fight sequences, the film has garnered widespread critical acclaim. Netizens are impressed by the acting, with many praising the rollercoaster of emotions evoked. However, it's the tragic narrative surrounding the Von Erich brothers that has truly captivated audiences, leaving some feeling deeply moved and others grappling with the devastating consequences.
While one fan wrote, “The Iron Claw last night and I'm still speechless. Jeremy Allen White and Zac Efron are incredible as Fritz and Kevin Von Erich. Their performances are so raw and emotional that I couldn't help but cry. The film is a must-see for any fan of wrestling or drama”, another said, "The Iron Claw is a heartbreaking but beautiful film. It's a story about family, love, and loss, and it's told so well. I can't get over how good Jeremy Allen White and Zac Efron are. They completely disappear into their roles. I'm still thinking about the film days later.”