After the disappointing Crow City Of Angels, our undead avenger returns,
earning one wing back in the process. I liked this movie a lot. First off
the direction is kick arse, you want "in your face" style? You
want a world that reeks of dread? You got it. This film marks a return to
the original’s "noir" look, making us forget the constant
orange filters of the second entry. The mood is also very close to O'Barr’s
somber comic. Thank god!
The film lifts many
scenes off the original but caps them off with different payoffs. The car
chase scene, the rooftop showdown, the loss of powers, the graveyard
scenes and the shoot out scene. Some call it imitation, I call it
inspiration. The Crow films are grounded in a formula and I see nothing
wrong with that, I like the familiar feel the movie gives out. You expect
a certain something and the film gives you that and more.
Yes, we get new things.
First off the Crow is a bit younger than in the two previous films and he
copes with his situation in a slightly different way. He has a lot of fun
with his powers and also has a darker streak. I had my doubts about Eric
Mabius at first but I was quickly relieved. He gives a great performance,
bringing to the crow character a fresh violent edge. Alex comes back with
his emotions flying all over the place. Anger, insanity, sadness…all are
touched…all delivered with passion.
The film is more rooted
in reality than it’s predecessors and feels more real versus comic book
feel. The setting is very ambiguous…I mean the film can be taking place
now or in the 40’s.
For some reason I found
this entry sadder than the previous two, I think that has to do with
Mabius’ performance…you really feel and root for him.
The movie is also a
murder/mystery that involves crooked cops and other scumbags. Adding a
puzzle to the familiar plot is a wonderful idea, unfortunately that aspect
of the film is it’s biggest flaw…
If you’re gonna put a
murder mystery in a flick, at least try to make it a bit hard for the
audience. I knew 5 minutes into the opening credits who the culprit was.
It kinda of took away a bit from the film. I was always waiting for Corvis
to catch up with me! (I should be the next Crow). The bad guy’s were
paper cut outs waiting to get killed. They make the villains in the
previous two seem like deeply explored characters. The film could’ve
benefited from more Alex/Lauren flashbacks, to solidify the
Another fault is that
we don’t really get to know Corvis before the fact. In the first, Draven
was a rock star in love who took care of Sarah, in the second, Ash was a
mechanic and single father who left his drug addicted wife to be with his
son…in this one…who knows? But the film’s worst flaw has to be one
character’s extensive knowledge of the crow powers and rules cause he
read them in a book. That minor subplot is totally unnecessary and very
weak. It comes in out of left field and just doesn’t work.
Yes the script
has many flaws but people forget that the original had a weak script too.
For me, it’s the message the movie delivers, the grim visuals, the harsh
violence and the portrayal of love as this ever lasting, beautiful thing.
(I don’t see it in real life, its nice to see it in movies). Just like
the original, the film is at it’s strongest when it lets the images do
the talking. On a visual standpoint this flick is a masterpiece. Couple
the images with a strong score and some hard hitting tunes and you get a
moving, violent and sad offering. In my book this film is a step back in
the right direction. It’s not perfect but it pulls the right emotional
strings. Fly with me on this one…