Horror-Wood Blog-a-Thon: The Crow
The Crow is another film that I feel gets overlooked for the Halloween season. Its set around the spooky season and its themes of revenge along with the concept of a walking spirit feel very fitting. It started as a comic book by James O’Barr who crafted it after the loss of his wife and sure enough was brought to the attention of Paramount who gave a green light. I guess I can’t continue without saying that thanks to a mishap on the set, it cost the life of Brandon Lee. Instead, Paramount opted not to finish the film but Miramax picked it up while adding some extra funding to the budget.
No one can’t refer to this movie without talking about the unfortunate death of its star which brought more controversy than Twilight Zone: The Movie. And its a shame because without Brandon Lee, The Crow wouldn’t have been thrilling, edging and emotional than what it became. He is what really sells this movie. Brandon plays a guitarist named Eric Draven whose life goes from heaven to hell when local thugs kill him and his fiance. One year later, he rises from the grave and seeks revenge against those who took his happiness and life away.
On the surface, the story is a basic revenge tale as the resurrected Eric seeks to kill those who did him wrong. But what is different here is how he treats each act of revenge more psychologically but yet on a supernatural level. It makes us wonder if this is for the good or is Eric really destroying himself. There’s a scene where he goes after a pawn broker played by Jon Polito because his engagement ring to his girlfriend is located there. In a mental taunt, he takes out the assortment of rings the guy got and says how they are a life that was taken. Its a chilling moment when you considering just how many fell victim to what Eric went through and just how the pawn broker was just doing his job.
I also like how Eric’s presence as “The Crow” when he gets resurrected resembles something of a porcelain doll. The fact that a toy is hollow as he is but yet is emotionally scare plays a lot of symbolism. There’s a lot of moments like that throughout like when he looks at his old apartment for the first time and gets flashbacks of the past. Some are good and some are painful. A hardship of letting go that he can’t do without.
Though he’s not alone as at his aid is a kid that was friends with Eric when he was alive and Ernie Hudson as a police Sargent Albrecht that is trying to piece together what is going on. Rochelle Davis plays her character as the usual child that aids the hero but you grow to sympathize with her seeing her mom is not up to being a supportive parent. The only problem with her character is how she is treated like a plot element later on but other than that I think she’s ok. Ernie Hudson is always going to be good no matter what movie he’s in. At times, he can be serious and other times comedic. A good example is when The Crow introduces himself in the Sargent’s home but Albrecht is caught literally with his pants off. The conversation they have is solid with a few comedic beats that gives us a break from the heavier moments.
Michael Wincott is the head gang leader named Top Dollar and lives up to the name of a true villain. He is power hungry yet will seek to be assured that evil can run amok like kids in a candy store. I like Wincott’s performance is laid back but later becomes more devious when he realizes what kind of vigilante he is fighting against. Its neither too over the top or soft. There’s a perfect balance that gives a memorable and sinister character.
To describe The Crow in a nutshell, picture Tim Burton’s Batman if it was darker and more music video influenced. With strengths of the question of morality in the story, the visuals and look of the movie is sure to please. A feast for the eyes as it goes right down from the dark lit alleyways and right use of color pallets. The flashbacks being bright and vibrant which contrast the grim view of Detroit but in a more comic book fashion. While The Crow was a box-office hit with viewers and critics, it strangely never got that huge recognition like Superman: The Movie or Tim Burton’s Batman. In fact, this movie was riding on the heels of many films trying to cash in on Warner Bros’ bat success. What separates it from the others is how it goes for a more artistic approach. It knows when to be subtle quiet and when to question just how good revenge is. Overall, The Crow is certainly a must watch for anyone.
Posted on October 26, 2014, in Horror-Wood 2014 and tagged 1994, Adaption, Batman, Brandon Lee, Comic Book, Detroit, Ernie Hudson, Horror, Horror-Wood Blog-a-Thon, Michael Wincott, revenge, The Crow. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.