The Crow Reviews
"Believe in angels."
Like The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Crow is remembered most for the passing of its star before being finished. Otherwise, this would only be remembered for being the great film that it is. The Crow is really cool movie visually and narratively. Brandon Lee gives a really good performance and sends his career, and life, out on a high note. But the movie is more than just Brandon Lee. Alex Proyas creates amazing atmosphere with his gothic images, and scenery. It's easy to see why this has such a huge gothic following.
Lee plays Eric Draven, a murdered guitarist, who comes back to avenge both himself and his fiancé. He is aided by a crow that shows him the way. What's really cool about The Crow, is how it takes the average revenge movie and expands on it. We feel sorry for Eric and we really want him to take out all of the people that were responsible for his death, but there's also somewhat of a fear about him. He's supernatural and superhuman, a mix that is sure to be able to kick some ass. Lee does a great job with all of the stunts that are required of him, but the most amazing part of his performance is the drama driven scenes between him and Sarah.
The Crow deserves the huge following it has. It's exciting, cool, and ultimately touching. There's not too much that I can say about the film. It's just sad that a lot of people only see this movie as, "The one with Brandon Lee." It is truly much more than that, and it may never get the full credit it deserves. Without a doubt, this is a must watch. If you haven't seen it yet, you are in for a treat. For some reason, I feel that this film had a huge influence on a lot of filmmakers. The scene where Eric walks into the crime meeting reminded me a lot of the scene in The Dark Knight where the Joker walks into the mob meeting. I'm not saying Nolan got the idea from this film, but it wouldn't surprise me if he did.
It's a shame that this was Brandon Lee's final film (as well as his breakout one), because he really showed a lot of potential and promise. This film kind of became marginalized and cast off as the stuff of jokes and steretypes due to its influence with the gothic subculture, but ya know, it works on it's own terms as well, even if it is just a variation on the revenge theme. It's done incredibly well, has a unique look and style reminiscent of stuff like Blade Runner, and is both entertaining, and emotionally girpping great stuff. Also, what humor the film has also wroks pretty well.
There's talks of a remake, which is just a totally wrong idea. This doesn't need it, nor did it really need sequels. This is a film that just really fit the aesthetics of the 90s, and to remake it would take away part of what makes this so great. It's like doing a remake of any film that is quintessentially representative of whatever decade it comes from and expecting the results to be the same: something that really just can't work.
Bottom line, this is one of the best ever, and even though it was sadly the end of a promising start, I will always love this film (and its soundtrack) no matter how many times I see it or think about the crap that it inspired.
Also, Eric putting on the sad clown mask make up accompanied by the Cure's 'Burn' is another gorgeously realised and soul soaring scene.
One of the first comicbook adaptations to actually live up to the original source and not shy away from the violence. Lee is memorable in the lead as 'Draven' as are his villainous nemeses whom he kills one by one in a glorious vengeful rainy devils night killing spree from beyond the grave.
Some images are now looking rather dated and can be seen to be models or bluescreen but due to immense amount of darkness that shrouds everything it still just about passes undetected.
Finale is slightly disappointing and anti climactic but its also quite moving, even more so when you know Lee actually did die in the end.
Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, died during the filming of this film in a freak on set accident. His legacy will forever live on because his final film is perfect in every way. Based on the very disturbing graphic novels of James o' Barr, THE CROW follows an innocent young man named Eric Draven(Brandon Lee) whose soon to be wife was brutally raped and murdered by a pack of savage hoodlums on Halloween Eve, AKA Devil's Night. He too is murdered by these freaks and on the same night one year, the crow brings Eric's soul back to him and allows him to wake from the dead as a sort of zombie so that he can set the wrong things right and let his own soul rest in peace. However, this task leads him to a drug-lord known as Top-Doller, who may be worthy of one of the most disgusting villains in film history. He doesn't know it yet, but he unfortunately must also take down Top-Doller before he can sleep, but doing so may be trickier than he imagined possible. The beauty of this film mirrors that of a comic book, and the internal hell of living in a city that is so full of scumbags and ridden with crime and murder is perfectly captured here. From the grimy dark wet look of the film to the pure out rock and roll soundtrack, the film looks like trash, but it is beautiful trash that viewers will realize perfectly evokes sympathy from the characters. The characters however are all done just as well as the scenic look of the city. Brandon Lee plays Eric as straight as is appropriate and even though he isn't exactly a good actor, his charisma gives the film a very charming light. the wild cast of villains are all good. All of the characters are perfect in the comic book interpretation of villains or bad doers, and the hero are all so perfect and so above the villains in their own respect. Crows are really beautiful creatures, and the hero in this film is shown just as pure, and yet he is anything but not angry at the jerks that messed up his life. He is a rock star who acts playfully when alive, and down when he is dead, but he takes a really joyful glee in torturing and killing his victims that makes the film darkly humorous. So with a perfect soundtrack, the ultimate Gothic feel, the beauty of evil, and the madness of villains, THE CROW is a perfect comic book film. This film gives us a different representation of what life could be like in a city destroyed by evil and hatred. This film is perfect and I can't recommend it enough. For those who don't like violence, this could be the worst film you could decide to watch, but for everyone else, open your eyes and witness one of the greatest film experiences of your life.
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.
Having known Ernie Hudson as one of the Ghostbusters, I thought that it made sense to cast him in "The Crow". The movie is of course most famous for Brandon Lee's unfortunate death during filming. Watching the movie, it gave me a real sense of the macabre, in a less than identifiable setting full of chaos. Needless to say, it adds to the feeling knowing what happened to Lee on the set. No matter how you approach it, this is a horror movie without having to be particularly scary, and definitely one that I recommend. Watch on Halloween, right before Halloween, or during any other part of the year, and it's still equally good.