I can’t believe I have reviewed over 30 films in a month. Thanks for reading the blog everyone! Anyway, let us get to the review.
The Crow. Brandon Lee’s last film. Shot on set by accident. A beautiful but flawed superhero film.
Directed by Alex Proyas, the man that gave birth to last year car crash Gods of Egypt, based on a comic book from the 80’s. The crow is about a man who was murdered, then brought back by a crow to seek vengeance on those who killed him.
It’s a fantastic visual spectacle, based in a dark and grungy city where it’s always night time. The soundtrack is also dark and broody, thanks to excellent music from The Cure and Rage against the Machine.
As the film is based on a property that was a former comic book, Proyas has brought us a revenge fantasy film, and it shows from the outset. As Eric Draven gets his revenge, the more the viewer feels like he is doing the right thing. Unfortunately, it’s classed as an anti-villain. This is kind of a cliche as the archetypal hero shouldn’t kill.
The look of the film is great, originally supposed to be shot in monochrome, Proyas and DOP Dariusz Wolski (who also worked with Ridley Scott on various projects) but instead shot in color with a muted color palette of grays and blacks adding to the thematic tension of the plot.
The villain in the film played by the enigmatic Michael Wincott and his woeful voice shed light on the characteristic of a fantastic villain. His voice is scary, his hair is scary and his eyes when on camera show that he can look into your soul. He is, without a doubt, one of my favorite villains on screen.
The main news around this film production was the accidental death of the main Actor, thanks to a blank bullet being shot at him, killing him. Similar circumstances which parallel his father’s death (Bruce Lee).
This film is a love letter to the American Gothic and Edgar Allan Poe kind of horror. It’s scary in its own sense. RIP Brandon Lee.
Should you watch it: YES