Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #12 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Today I’ll be talking about one of the most interesting comic book adapted films of the 90’s, The Crow.
Ah The Crow, this is very special film viewing for me. This is one of those films I’ve heard about for many years whether I was doing research, talking about it with my uncle or hearing about the remake that they’ve been trying to get done for years now. But I’ve never gotten around to watching it, I’ve just never had the time, until now.
The story can be summed up as the following:
“On the night before Halloween, Eric Draven and fiancée are brutally murdered. And so a year later by a crazy twist of fate, Draven returns to the land of the living to exact vengeance on those killed him and his lover.”
The story is lovely. This is a tale of vengeance and this has been done quite a few times in film before, but what makes this one so special is the supernatural element of it; coming back to life to get your own back on the people that killed you and the one you loved? That’s pretty interesting and I like how the film didn’t explain the nature of Eric’s resurrection and instead leave it as this mysterious and strange occurrence. The amount of emotional variety in this film should also be noted, there are times where you’re laughing, others when you’re sad and times when you’re in a really good mood too, this film makes you feel a range of emotions, but I think the best ones are the moments when Eric’s alone or with Sarah, those are beautiful and heartfelt. When you think about the troubles this film had behind the scenes after Brandon Lee’s death, you have to admire the writers and filmmakers for the ability to rewrite the film and make it feasible.
Now let’s talk about the cast. Firstly, Brandon Lee as Eric Draven/The Crow, damn! What a frigging awesome performance. Eric’s a guy who had his life ruined, so now he’s back to kick some ass, but more so than that he has to deal with what he lost and adjust to being back in the world of the living and deal with a whirlwind of emotions, and Brandon Lee handles this role with such grace, menace and raw emotion, but he’s also very playful and charming. I love how this guy doesn’t have to say anything, he can just walk into a room or play a guitar or just stand in the street somewhere and he’s automatically cool. Lee carries himself with such charisma and conviction, it makes his performance that much more magnetic and fun to watch. It also should be noted that there are a lot of similarities to be found with Heath Ledger’s Joker and Kee’s Crow character, and the fact that both of them died before the release of their films but delivered such great performances is so eerie. Rochelle Davis as Sarah was good too, most child actors are annoying, but this girl was sweet, a bit sassy but very likeable. Ernie Hudson as Sgt. Albrecht was awesome. I haven’t seen too many films with Hudson in them besides the Ghostbusters films and that disgusting Dragon Ball adaptation from 2009, but he was really great in this film. Michael Wincott is pretty menacing, humourous and badass as Top Dollar, Bai Ling was creepy and sexy as Myca and I liked David Patrick Kelly as T-Bird too.
Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is amazing, straight from the time the film begins it is very striking and distinctive with its lighting, use of colour and unique city landscape. The film reminded me a lot of the Tim Burton Batman films with the dark colours, low lighting and gothic-like feel. The action is also nicely shot and choreographed and the CGI works well even if it is a bit dated by today’s standards. I also love the costume and make up that was used for the Crow’s design, it’s really cool, intimidating and recognisable. As for the soundtrack by Graeme Revell, it is well-suited to the film. It’s dark, foreboding, and a bit melancholy, but the same time it’s dramatic, heroic and lively.
And lastly how does it compare to the comics? This is another one of those films where I haven’t read the source material, thought I would like to read them in the future.
So to conclude The Crow is awesome, absolutely awesome. This tale of revenge and love is told with such heart and care and it also helps that there’s a lot of sweet action in there too. I have not felt so emotionally invested in a superhero film in quite some time and that is thanks to a great story and an incredible central performance from Brandon Lee. This is a film I highly recommend, it’s definitely aged a bit, but it’s well worth your time.
That’s 12 reviews done, only 18 more to go. So have you seen The Crow and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!