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Film Review: The Crow (1994) - USA (4K ULTRA HD) (US Version)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: The Crow (1994) - USA (4K ULTRA HD) (US Version)


Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)


"The Crow" (1994) is a visually stunning and emotionally resonant superhero film that leaves a lasting impact on its viewers. Directed by Alex Proyas and starring the late Brandon Lee in his final role, the movie delves into a dark tale of revenge and redemption.


Brandon Lee's performance as Eric Draven, the vengeful musician brought back from the dead, is nothing short of captivating. Lee's charismatic yet vulnerable portrayal adds depth and intensity to the character, leaving audiences mesmerized by his talent and lamenting the loss of a promising Hollywood star. The tragic incident that occurred during the film's production only adds to the film's haunting atmosphere, infusing it with a poignant sense of darkness and emotional weight.


Visually, "The Crow" is a masterpiece. Proyas's direction creates a neo-gothic cityscape drenched in rain and shadows, perfectly complementing the film's brooding tone. The cinematography, production design, and use of color contribute to the creation of a visually immersive experience that engages the senses throughout.


Beyond its visual appeal, the film explores universal themes of love, loss, and vengeance. The screenplay successfully captures the essence of the original comic book series, presenting a narrative that is both gripping and emotionally charged.


"The Crow" is also notable for its impact on Asian-American representation. Brandon Lee's outstanding performance highlights the missed opportunities for diverse actors in Hollywood at the time, showcasing his talent and challenging stereotypes.


In summary, "The Crow" is a haunting and visually stunning film that resonates on both emotional and artistic levels. Brandon Lee's exceptional performance, coupled with the tragic circumstances surrounding the movie, make it a powerful testament to his talent. With its themes of love, loss, and redemption, "The Crow" stands as a memorable entry in the superhero genre.


I rated it 8/10


Reviewed on 4K Ultra HD (US Version)

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