The Crow Reviews
I've seen revenge thrillers before, so there wasn't much new or special in this one. Well, aside from the fact that it's a zombie empowered by a crow that's seeking revenge. I was worried that the abilities Eric possessed were going to make things anticlimactic, because he was too powerful, but I still felt the tension in his confrontations. The simple voiceover at the beginning was all I needed to explain the origin of his powers, and I like that they didn't talk about it at all after that narration.
I was worried about Brandon Lee's performance in some of the early scenes because it seemed like he went a little over-the-top in his first few scenes. But the way he plays the more toned down moments showed me he had skill, and was just making some bold decisions to start. Ernie Hudson was a perfectly-cast costar. There's something about his delivery that makes me accept the fact that he's a cop who is good at his job despite never telling The Crow to stop killing people.
The villains were more of a struggle. I mean, I understand that a good climax needs a big bad that is more important than all the enemies that came before, but the way they got there was ridiculous. The big problem is that Michael Wincott's character (Top Dollar? Seriously?) didn't participate in the original crime and The Crow didn't care about his masterminding that crime. So in order to create an exciting climax Top Dollar had to continuously behave illogically and against his own character.
The Crow is a good film that has a dark tone for a reason. It seems like every franchise is shooting for dark-and-gritty nowadays, but here's a movie that truly needed it to fit the story. It's a good movie, despite some flaws in the third act. I also wish they had pushed the fight choreography a little more, because I thought Brandon Lee could have delivered more. It's not really a flaw, just feels like a missed opportunity. But, considering the major tragedy that happened during filming, it's hard to know what else was planned. I'll gladly watch The Crow again anytime.