The Crow (1994)

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I’m going to be honest, it’s nice to be back to the random movies and that I’m not reviewing another Saw movie. So, my random-selector picked out this great 1994 comic book/horror/superhero movie ‘The Crow’. An exceptionally simple plot this time around, according to IMDB :

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancĂ©e’s murder.

Yeah, actually that’s really it. This movie keeps the exposition to a few lines at the beginning of the movie, and when Draven comes back from the dead he starts his quest for revenge almost immediately. The story in this case is pretty straight forward, a super hero story, with all of the elements we want. A sympathetic hero, an over the top villain, and Ernie Hudson.

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The casting in this film is great, everyone is wonderfully charismatic. Ernie Hudson as the beat-cop doing his best to work within the system is great. Plus, we have a hilariously over the top band of villains, including Laurance Mason (Hackers) and Michael Wincott (Alien : Resurrection) who both deliver great, and over the top performances. Of course, you can’t talk about The Crow, without talking about Brandon Lee. First off, Lee’s performance is fantastic. He is a beacon of charisma, and really appears to be enjoying himself all the way through the movie. He is effectively sympathetic, and makes for a very charming hero.

Of course, overshadowing this entire film is the death of Brandon Lee during the production. I’m not going to get too much into that aspect, but its worth reading about so if you do feel like knowing the entire story, you can (of course) find it on Wikipedia by clicking Here. His death does add an element of morbidity to the movie as a whole, and the subject matter. As a result, it is possible that it has an effect on people’s love for the movie.

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Now, the movie does make use of some CGI and digital effects that were available at the time, and as a result the movie shows it age more than 20 years later. It doesn’t hinder the movie though, and it does feel a bit more 90s charm than 90s garbage. It’s a dark, effective movie and has earned its place as a cult classic.

So, while it shows its age, it remains a fun and satisfying comic book movie, with a bit of a bleak history. Worth having a look at, and probably one that you’ll certainly enjoy.

FINAL GRADE: B

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