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2.0 out of 5 stars James O Barr's tale told by MTV, November 22, 2004
This review is from: The Crow (Miramax/Dimension Collector's Series) (DVD)
This was a movie that I was hoping for a lot from, and it delivered. The problem is that it didn't deliver in the right places and didn't do the story any justice.

The story is one of revenge. The main character, eric draven, was going to be married to his sweetheart. When a bunch of degenerates break in and kill him and his girlfriend in a brutal manner. All seems to be forgotten until the one year after the event, then Eric is raised from the dead and returns for vengence.

The original comic book was gritty, violent, and filled with dark poetry and philosophy. The movie had the feeling of something that MTV would produce, more of a collecion of music videos than a cohesive movie. The editing is poor, the directing was worse, the characters were two dimensional and often annoying, the dialogue weak, and turned an interesting story into a shallow action flick on par with Johhny Mneumonic or Demolition Man.

In the original, there was no point to the original murders. They were just on the highway and were unlucky enough to run into a pack of degenerates. Funboy had a much bigger role and assisted in the death of T bird. Top dollar wasn't into black magic, he was a crack dealer that was one of the first to go. One of the biggest differences is that Eric Draven in the comic was like an angel of death, he knew what he was about and why he was there. In the movie he was a confused metalhead that stumbles through the movie. Plus the whole idea of Eric being a musician that was going to get married on Halloween was just cheesy, trying way too hard to package him for the metal/goth crowd.

I give this a two stars for the fact that it was a pretty movie, and it had some good action sequences.
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Initial post: Feb 19, 2008 8:54:12 AM PST
mack says:
I like it............it's a good story..weird but good..

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 4:00:07 PM PDT
Josephina says:
Main actor Brandon Lee died before they were quite done filming.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 12:58:43 PM PDT
Brendan says:
Having not read the comic, I can't compare the two, but movies always tend to be different than the books. They have to appeal to a much wider audience, and you have to expect that. Look at The Lord of the Rings. Many things were different in the book, but the movies were still very good. The differences that you complain about seem to be trivial. It doesn't matter to me who was killed first in the original. It also doesn't matter that there was no point to the killings in the original. The reason they were killed in the movie was just as slimy. You are just nitpicking details. I disagree with your assessment of the acting, directing, and editing, but you are entitled to your opinion. However, your comment that it was "...more of a collection of music videos than a cohesive movie" is ridiculous. Other than that it has a strong musical score, I don't even understand that comment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2011 9:04:50 PM PDT
Brett,
You're wrong. The dialogue in this movie was so bad I nearly vomited. The characters, especially the villains, were completely unbelievable and I lived in Detroit about the time this movie came out and remember "Devil's Night" being rather a big deal and crime being horrible as well. These were not real gangsters, these were some 13 year old kids idea of gangsters.

What makes the whole thing *so* awful is that it could have been good. It's like watching someone cut up a pretty girl, burn the mona lisa, or watching 5th graders act out Hamlet.

The screenplay should bear most of the blame. The cinematography was decent, so was the music. The screenplay was abysmal. Looking at the other screenplays David J. Schow and John Shirley have written you can see that none of them were worth a dime. They write crap movies cause they're crap writers.

The summarize for you, the story is good, the comics were good. This movie sucked. We'll never know the truth but I would not be surprised if Brandon Lee killed himself during the filming after realizing how bad the film was going to be.

As a comparison, the movie "Pulp Fiction" came out at the same time talks about the same sort of dark underclass, but does it well. Had the movie been done by Tim Burton it would have been awesome, but it wasn't. "The Crow" fanboys don't have a good movie to latch on to so they latch onto this lousy movie.
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