The Great Crow Debate

The Crow was an amazing movie. This would also be the last role for Brandon Lee. Unlike most other comic book movies this one stayed true to it’s original form. It was dark and gritty, the soundtrack was fantastic, and it really sucked the viewer into it’s world. I remember seeing it the second day it came out in theatres. I was in 7th grade at the time and I was in awe throughout the entire film, until the end when I was in “awww.” The final scenes with Eric at Shelly’s grave completely destroyed me. Not only did I cry in my seat, bawling like a baby with my Mom laughing at me since she was sitting right next to me, but I cried throughout the entire lobby, through the parking lot, and during the entire ride back home. I was so deeply scarred by that movie that I would continue to cry even during later viewings of the movie.

The Crow has always been one of my favorite movies and it will probably remain one of them. I even made the stupid mistake of watching the sequels, abominations though they were. I will admit that the second one wasn’t as bad as part three, but it paled in comparison to the original.

On New Years Day, Chris and I had people over for brunch. One of our guests was a friend named Amanda. I can’t remember how we got on the topic of The Crow but I believe it got started when Amanda saw the movie on our shelf. A remark was made on how she recently saw the movie and I started waving my fangirl flag in shock that it had taken her this long to see it. Nothing could have prepared me for what I heard next. “I saw the second one a long time ago and I liked it better,” she said.

Amanda had seen the sequel years before seeing the original and for some reason, unknown to me and the rest of the world, she liked it better. She thought it was fucking fantastic compared to the first. I thought I had lost my damn mind hearing that statement. Chris and I proceeded to ask her as to why she felt that way. Her reasons were because of the plot and because she thought the main actor was better. I even recall her telling me that she thought Vincent Perez was hot and sexy. I guess that validates her reasons…NOT. Brandon Lee was hot and sexy!

I personally thought the plot in the sequel was ass, and Vincent Perez came nowhere close to Brandon Lee. The only cool parts in City of Angels were the little red angel wing tattoos on Mia Kirshners back, Iggy Pop, Thuy Trang who was the original Yellow Ranger, and the appearance of Deftones in the Dia De Los Muertos parade.

The soundtrack didn’t have nearly as many good songs, with a prime example being that Hole was included, and the villain wasn’t even scary. In fact, I don’t even remember the villain. That’s how ass this movie was and still is.

I adore Amanda, I really do, but after hearing that blasphemy in my apartment I didn’t want to give her any of my tasty bacon I had finished cooking. I couldn’t wrap my head around it. How could somebody who has even minimal intelligence prefer anything but the original?

This my friends shall be one of those great questions in life that shall forever be unanswered, along with why people prefer creamy over chunky when selecting peanut butter.

– She Who Has The Last Word

  • http://jackofhades.tumblr.com

    ” The only cool parts in City of Angels were the little red angel wing tattoos on Mia Kirshners back, Iggy Pop, Thuy Trang who was the original Yellow Ranger, and the appearance of Deftones ”
    Haha. So true & loving that you mentioned Thuy Trang being the original yellow power ranger.
    I had a similar incident directly after i’de watch the 1st Crow when I was in 7th grade. Me and my best at the time had been watching his VHS of the crow everytime I went round his and it very quickly became my favourite film. Upon the 3rd time of watching it he said “the second ones way better, have you seen City of Angels?” and then proceeded to tell me cool things about (being 12 I believed him). But upon searching out screenshots of the sequel online at school I made up my mind that it was awful and didn’t watch it. I rented the 3rd (boring, unlikeable and shit), I watched the premiere of The forth ‘Wicked Prayer’ and had high hopes due to Dennis Hopman and Edward Furlong… So shit it was kind of good!?
    It took me 11years to see City of Angels.
    The plot was balls awful, I cant actually remember a villain either. Nor can I remember a reason for why Vincent Perez was wearing what he was wearing as the crow (although he did look pretty good), at-least Brandon’s crow had a reason for the trench coat and uber tight top.
    Now they’re making a remake of which I’m sure you’ve heard about.
    The list of people they have thought of for the role are diabolical and would push me to a fan frenzied set break in/attack.
    Mark Wallberg!
    Channing Tatem (or however you spell that infuriating “actor’s” name)!
    Jason Statham (no! Not for the crow!)
    They finally set on the lead guy from ‘The Hangover’ which I could have settled for just to see how he played it. But he’s now pulled out.

    To wrap things up. That friend of mine is no longer my friend and the question of “How could anyone like the 2nd over the first/best!?” can be answered like this.
    Answer. They don’t really like either film and Subconciously choose the second over the first because of the presence of Iggy Pop.

    🙂

  • http://jackofhades.tumblr.com

    ” The only cool parts in City of Angels were the little red angel wing tattoos on Mia Kirshners back, Iggy Pop, Thuy Trang who was the original Yellow Ranger, and the appearance of Deftones ”
    Haha. So true & loving that you mentioned Thuy Trang being the original yellow power ranger.
    I had a similar incident directly after i’de watch the 1st Crow when I was in 7th grade. Me and my best at the time had been watching his VHS of the crow everytime I went round his and it very quickly became my favourite film. Upon the 3rd time of watching it he said “the second ones way better, have you seen City of Angels?” and then proceeded to tell me cool things about (being 12 I believed him). But upon searching out screenshots of the sequel online at school I made up my mind that it was awful and didn’t watch it. I rented the 3rd (boring, unlikeable and shit), I watched the premiere of The forth ‘Wicked Prayer’ and had high hopes due to Dennis Hopman and Edward Furlong… So shit it was kind of good!?
    It took me 11years to see City of Angels.
    The plot was balls awful, I cant actually remember a villain either. Nor can I remember a reason for why Vincent Perez was wearing what he was wearing as the crow (although he did look pretty good), at-least Brandon’s crow had a reason for the trench coat and uber tight top.
    Now they’re making a remake of which I’m sure you’ve heard about.
    The list of people they have thought of for the role are diabolical and would push me to a fan frenzied set break in/attack.
    Mark Wallberg!
    Channing Tatem (or however you spell that infuriating “actor’s” name)!
    Jason Statham (no! Not for the crow!)
    They finally set on the lead guy from ‘The Hangover’ which I could have settled for just to see how he played it. But he’s now pulled out.

    To wrap things up. That friend of mine is no longer my friend and the question of “How could anyone like the 2nd over the first/best!?” can be answered like this.
    Answer. They don’t really like either film and Subconciously choose the second over the first because of the presence of Iggy Pop.

    🙂

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