|Eric Draven (Brandon Lee †) rocks out on a rooftop, because he can.|
The villains, on the other hand, are outlandishly despicable, and seem to constantly invite their own destruction. Not in the ridiculous and pantomimesque way we saw in last week's 'Battlefield Earth' (2000), but through a habitual disdain for everyone not in their gang, almost a violent snobbery, expressed through exploitation and extreme physical abuse. The villains are cool too but, unlike in the later 'Battlefield Earth', never threaten to eclipse the Heroes. Indeed, if I've one criticism of 'The Crow' (which, as you may note, I'm rather taken with), it's that the gang of villains are on the back foot from the start. The format of the film is invulnerable Eric Draven busting their asses, which means that, though the baddies present a substantial threat to society, there's really no prospect of our hero losing. The villains are doomed.
|Sarah (Rochelle Davis) and Sergeant Albrecht (Ernie Hudson)|
Eric's friends and allies, down at the hot-dog stand.
It was a particular delight watching this film so soon after the aforementioned 'Battlefield Earth', that superficially exciting plodder in which no two elements complemented one another, as it showed up this film's wonderful consistency. Here the sound and picture, dialogue and story, mythology and character all work together to make something that's amply enjoyable to sit down and watch for a couple of hours. I'm rather surprised it took quite so many years for this film to be set before me, and I'll be glad to see it again.
|Myca (Bai Ling) enjoys gouging out eyes. She's a villain, by the way|
Hey look, optical media!