The Crow (1994)


The Crow Quote: “It can’t rain all the time.” – Eric Draven

“The Crow” isn’t the greatest movie of the ’90s. It’s not even the best movie of 1994. But for a lot of thirty-somethings, this movie was a huge part of adolescence. But Shat The Movies has passed it over again and again.

Well, listener Joshua decided that’s some bullshit and decided to FIRE IT UP.

Shat The Movies resident goths Gene Lyons and Kerri Gross join misanthrope King Bee to examine Brandon Lee’s mysterious death, a cursed movie set, the difference between a crow and a raven, and the miracles of rent in downtown Detroit.

The King Bee asks whether Frank Miller’s “Sin City” influenced the hypersaturated, gritty look and feel “The Crow.” Kerri evaluates costuming and mysticism. And, in the course of it all, Gene somehow turns into a Crow apologist.

This one goes out to Joshua and his wife. If “The Crow” did nothing else, it brought two little lovebirds together.

Plot Summary: “The Crow” The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger. Tracking down the thugs responsible for the crimes and mercilessly murdering them, Eric eventually confronts head gangster Top Dollar (Michael Wincott) to complete his macabre mission.

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1 Response

  1. Dan Lopez says:

    Just to clarify, after killing Skank, Eric’s work was done and he was heading back to the graveyard when the crow/raven alerted him to the kidnapping of Sara.

    Also, it’s basically a given that any scene in which Brandon Lee’s face does not appear (i.e. the entirety of T-Bird’s death scene) and even some scenes in which it does, Brandon Lee is not actually present. Other examples are the scene in which he’s being chased by the cops and eventually rescued by Ernie Hudson and the scene in which he first appears to Sara in their old apartment. So, this is a very piecemeal work. That’s not to excuse any part of it, but the fact that a movie of any kind could be released was an accomplishment.

    Regarding Brandon’s acting, I think the position was a little overstated that he was expected to be a great actor. I think it was more that this was going to be his breakout role because it was more than just a B action movie. Whatever that would eventually lead to, we’ll never know.

    While I agree on most points about the acting and the script, I don’t agree that the plot was bad. It’s a pretty straightforward revenge story with a supernatural element that I think you might have looked too hard to try to explain, especially given what’s acceptable in other movies.

    The other issue I had was regarding the fight scenes. Eric Draven isn’t Bruce Lee’s son or even a trained fighter. So it wouldn’t make sense for him to suddenly be throwing expert kicks and punches. I understand why that expectation would be there, but its unfair considering that isn’t the character, that’s the actor portraying him.

    The reason for my long-winded comment is just that I like to see movies judged based on what they are as opposed to what they are not. For what this movie is, I think it’s on the better side of the spectrum. Not as good as a similar film like, say Blade, but that’s also a complete movie.

    Anyway, just my two cents. Thanks for the review, gang!

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