"There can be only one" Highlander movie review!
There is so much to like about Highlander – and yet, the movie is kinda silly. In many ways, it’s the perfect 1980s action-adventure-fantasy flick as it checks off the boxes while pushing the limits of the genre and is still careful not to go too far. It’s Godfather II styled interwoven past and present story telling is ambitious and a bit grand for a movie about guys who are compelled to cut each other’s heads off, but that’s 80s movies for you.
Not to let my puns get out of control, but this movie is all about broad strokes. It’s story telling is broad, it’s acting is broad, even the music and images are broad. I love the over the top lighting design in this movie – it’s vivid yet still broad.
The music and songs by Queen are all amazing. "Who Wants to Live Forever" is certainly one of the best songs you’ll ever hear in any movie – and Freddie Mercury must have known he was sick when they worked on this… crazy.
Christopher Lambert is so intense in this movie that it’s almost funny (much more in the 80s setting than he is at any point in the past) – but then, that dude is always intense. (You ever see his movie Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes? Even the title of that movie is intense!) Sean Connery shows up as the wise old mentor – and by old, I do mean that he looks pretty old for an immortal, but that’s life… I guess? Anyway, his character should be called Captain Exposition, because he certainly has a lot of information that I can’t for the life of me figure out how he was able to learn, considering how clueless the Highlander is.
The fight scenes are kinda all over the place. First, you’ll see something well choreographed in a "these guys know what they’re doing" sort of way, but this will be followed by something that resembles an outtake at best. That first fight scene with the Highlander vs Fasil is a great example – they’re practically tripping over their own feet, and then Fasil will do like a thousand somersaults to very slowly get away.
But whatever. This movie has everything – it even has the 1980s movie trope end of act 1 love scene, and even this is intense – not that I blame Christopher Lambert as I’m sure Roxanne Hart would give anyone the vapors. Anyway, if you’re looking for some hardcore 80s action fun, be sure to check out Highlander – I give it a 7.5 out of 10.
Posted on February 25, 2014, in movie review, music review and tagged Christopher Lambert, Highlander, movie review, movies, queen, Roxanne Hart, sean connery. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.