Trans women Nomi Ruiz is one of the most stunning women you will ever see. She is gorgeous in a smoking Jessica Rabbit sort of way, sashaying silently about the blood-splattered rings. I won’t spoil this movie for others by saying it was filmed from tomorrow to today with what is normally saved for a dramatic reveal early in the reel.
That moment could have opened the door for character building and intense conversations but sadly, that wasn’t to be had. To be fair I have to say it got a 3.4 overall rating at imdb with 122 male reviewers rating it at 3.2 and eight women users who believed it deserved a 5.0. The majority of the demographic reached was obviously disappointed by the lack of nudity and gratuitous sex.
But that was by design, with the showrunner electing to seek parity and sometimes even dominance over the male-dominated fight ring, This is a hard pill to swallow unless it is coated with, well yeah. Haymaker kept it classy.
Ahead of the release of Haymaker this Friday January 29th, The Queer Review’s editor James Kleinmann had an exclusive conversation with Nomi Ruiz about her reaction when reading the script for the first time, wanting to be part of creating progressive trans narratives on screen, getting acting tips from her friend, award-winning A Fantastic Woman actress, Daniela Vega, and why she loves the TV series Veneno. read this at the queer review.
Directors Nick Sasso
Starring Nomi Ruiz, Nick Sasso, John Ventimiglia
Genres Action, Drama
Subtitles English [CC]
Audio languages English
You can watch Haymaker on Amazon for a couple of dollars. It was such a great break from today’s traumas.