Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Love Lifts The Crow

As Halloween approaches, I couldn’t resist the urge to watch, The Crow.

Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), a musician turned Avenger, who is killed on mischief night, returns one year later to pay some karmic violence to the oil slicks that killed him and raped and murdered his fiancé and soul mate Shelly(Sofia Shinas).

Along the way, Eric receives the memories of Shelly’s hospital stay before dying, from the mind of Sergeant Albrecht (Ernie Hudson).

Slowly the attacked becomes the attacker as Top Dollar’s Band of Deviants: Grange, Funboy,T-Bird, Skank, and Tin Tin, suffer a well deserved death, by their personal method of frenzy or mayhem.

But it can’t rain all the time. Sarah (Rochell Davis), the “adopted” daughter of Eric and Shelly serves as a feminine component in this masculine tale.

Meanwhile, Sarah’s heroine addicted mother, Darla, gets the scariest wake up call ever, by witnessing the murder of Funboy.

But the final lesson is taught on top of a gothic cathedral as Eric defeats the remaining ring-leader of the street vermin, Top Dollar, restoring balance to the community.

With the assistance of violins to ignite the pain of loss and the strings of a guitar to moan the longing of loneliness or rage of revenge, your feelings will flow.

Lovely language like “this is loaded…which one of you motorcity motherf****** wants to bet me this isn’t…hey fire it up! Fire it up! Fire it up!” offers comic relief to this sometimes heavy film.

But the moods shift continuously as the musical score builds and decreases.

Sure it’s difficult at times to know that the ones we love may be taken away.

However, it’s important to realize “if the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on, is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.”