18 July 2016

The Crow

The Crow 1994
  • Director: Alex Proyas
  • Based on the comic book by James O’Barr
  • Cast: Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Bai Ling
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Michael Wincott – Le scaphandre et le papillon, Seraphim Falls, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Before Night Falls, Alien: Resurrection, Dead Girl, Strange Days, Dead Man, Romeo Is Bleeding, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, The Doors, Born on the Fourth of July
    • Bai Ling – Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Beautiful Country, Anna and the King, Wild Wild West
  • Why? liked it the first time
  • Seen: Twice before. Now: 15 July 2016      

       What I remember most about this film is the sadness. And I remember that the actor Brandon Lee died during the filming. What I don’t remember is what it’s about, exactly. But it comes back to me as I watch it.
       It starts with tragedy. Two young lovers, Shelly and Eric, are murdered. Their young friend Sarah survives.
       A year later Sarah is friends with the cop, Albrecht, who was at the scene of the murder. Then we see a crow, and Eric digging his way out of his grave.
       It’s dark, stormy, muddy and atmospheric as Eric comes back from the dead to wreak vengeance on the murderers.
       It’s a Gothic rock video. It’s gritty urban fantasy. It’s violent and poetic. It’s about sex, drugs and rock’n’roll and ghosts and friendship.
       How much Brandon Lee’s death contributed to this becoming a cult film is hard to say.  It sort of has ‘cult film’ written all over it. Poor Brandon Lee was not a very good actor, and there are others who are hammy, but the film has a lot of quality too.
       It’s worth watching this third time.

3* of 5

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