On the very first day of Film-TV class, I remember Robin asking us what our favorite film was and of course there were your Lord of The Rings, 28 Days Later, so on and so forth. But my answer to the question was 1997’s The Crow.
To my memory, it never won an Oscar or anything like that but The Crow was significant to film as a cult following and the soundtrack was a launchpad for Industrial and Alternative rock music.
The story is based on a comic book, about a man named Eric Draven (played by Brandon Lee). The night before Halloween and his wedding, Eric returned to his apartment to find that his fiancee, Shelley was being brutally assaulted by a gang. One of the gang members threw a knife at Eric, striking a nerve and paralyzing him. He watched as Shelley was raped numerous times and ultimately the gang tossed Eric out of a window leading to his death. A year later, he would come back to life to make the wrong things right.
Alex Proyas was the director for this classic and one thing to take away from this film was that the production design had set the tone for the entire film. It was gritty and raw and reflected the story extremely well. The acting itself on the part of the late Brandon Lee was excellent and it wasn’t hard for me as an audience to connect with Eric Draven on a emotional level.
I have seen the film numerous times and if you asked me to quote the script of the entire movie, I’m pretty sure I can get it all accurately or mostly accurate because the script itself was just that good.
My favorite scene from the movie was when Eric Draven entered Gideon’s Pawn Shop and asked for an engagement ring that was pawned there a year ago by Tin-Tin, one of the gang members. This was my favorite scene because I think it incorporated a blend of almost every genre and element in filming. This one part of the film had elements of action, thriller, comedy, along with great acting, and just the perfect sequences and setting.
Hollywood is rebooting this 1997 classic which in my opinion is a crime. A movie that was Rated R will now be PG-13 and much like the three sequels to the original movie and the TV series, I just know it will flop. It may just be a personal bias but I don’t see how there will be any way to shoot a Crow movie and topping the first one. The sad thing is that kids of this generation will remember The Crow as either a great movie or just a passing mention, and guys like me will have been right all along in saying that this legacy is one that should not have been touched or tarnished.
I was actually pumped to watch this movie but I had no idea why. I hadn’t seen any trailers of the movie and didn’t know anything about it. It did not disappoint.
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