The Crow Reviews
Brandon Lee's performance is very haunting. He's like a sane version of Heath Ledger's Joker. It's not his acting that's great, it's him. He really taps into his charisma and he lets it flow in this movie. It's a beautiful and graceful performance.
And the story is perfect. It's criticized for being too thin, but I think it works. The movie relies heavily on atmosphere and meditative pacing to give the movie its dream-like quality. It's an evenly balanced film. You got all that style, the fantastic original rock music, the iconic character -- there's so much going on already a more complicated plot would distract from the minimalist experience. The sequels went with a more eventful plot and they failed horribly. This movie needed a simple plot. It's like how when you hear so-called real ghost stories, it's not like Poltergeist; instead it's just very small occurrences, like a door slowly closing on its own. The Crow is just a ghost passing through a room before disappearing into the hereafter. It's a ghost story first, an action movie second.
I feel as if this one should have been known to me for far longer than it has. It's quite a point of shame in the Goth community to have none been raised on the shit. And I can tell why. The film blends some of the most incredible bands out (The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Violent Femmes, Pantera), is filled with great actors, it's based on one of the best comics I've ever had the good fortune of reading, and it's overshadowed by the death of the actor playing lead protagonist Eric Draven, Brandon Lee, son of martial arts master Bruce Lee.
The Crow is filled with the dark and ominous. Towards the end, Draven fights using a martial arts move that was performed in honour of Brandon Lee's father, Bruce Lee, when he used an identical style in Enter the Dragon, the last film his father ever starred in, before his untimely death. In another scene, Draven can be seen filling a gun-barrel up with metal, and shooting them out into a pawn shop, Brandon Lee was killed on set during filming, when a metal casing became lodged in a gun that was then expelled by a blank, fatally wounding Lee in the torso. Behind the scenes, on the first day of shooting a carpenter suffered sever burns on set after his crane hit power lines. Later, a grip truck caught fire, an angry sculpting employee crashed his car through the set's plaster shop and another member of the crew accidentally impaled his own hand with a screwdriver. According to the biography of Bruce Lee, Brandon's death was predicted by his father after awakening from a coma, he foresaw Brandon's death long before he had even considered taking up acting, supposedly.
By no accounts is The Crow unpredictable, it's rather the opposite, but it makes up for this in so many ways! It notches up some of the best quotes in film history, as well as being badass, and yet so utterly convincingly emotional. There is essentially no demographic I can think of that wouldn't enjoy (at least a little) this dark film's gothic atmosphere, gritty hopelessness, world-changing special effects, riveting action, and well-deserved cult status.
With a sharp script and fine pacing, The Crow is a moody, action-packed revenge flick that's also well shot and boasts a killer soundtrack.