Okay, I’m really not going to spend a lot of time on this one, because the headline kind of says it all. I don’t know that I’ve actually sat down and watched this flick since it was first out in the 80’s, but I knew I had fond memories of it, and figured my daughter Hannah would probably enjoy it too. What I didn’t remember was just how much fun this movie really is. We absolutely hooted our way through the whole thing. Of course, it didn’t hurt that about half-way through, Hannah decided that she couldn’t be bothered to even try to remember any of the female characters’ names, and they were all simply named “Susie”. So from that point on, whenever she thought the females were acting stupidly (which, typically for an action flick from this time period meant any time a female was on screen) she’d be shouting things like “Dangit, Susie, he told you to run, so run, girl, run!”
Anyway, let’s take a look at what all we’ve got here. We’ve got electric sword fights. We’ve got heads chopped off. We’ve got a duel that has our hero getting stabbed with a rapier multiple times and continuing on ala the black knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. We’ve got Christopher Lambert and his gorgeous eyes. We’ve got Sean Connery claiming to be Egyptian, but sporting a Spanish name and sounding exactly like Sean Connery. We’ve got big 80s hair and lots of eyeliner. We’ve got a Russian punk-styled bad guy who takes our main heroine on a screaming multiple pile-up car ride through the streets of New York. (Well, she’s screaming. She does a lot of screaming. He’s simply BWAH HA HA!!-ing and mugging through the whole thing like he’s having the time of his life.) We’ve got a final showdown that ends with a mystical “I get all the power” animated sequence. We’ve got completely clueless cops. We’ve got romance through the ages. We’ve got a soundtrack by Queen. We’ve got “Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod” And of course, we’ve got “There can be only one” which is actually said 263 times during the movie.
And when it was all over, and I told Hannah that according to Wikipedia there were actually “five Highlander movies, two television series, an animated series, an animated movie, an animated flash-movie series, ten original novels, seventeen comic book issues, and various licensed merchandise”, all she could say was “From that?!?”
Yep, from that. Hey, it was the 80s.
And of course, what makes it even better is that everyone in this movie acts as though we’re supposed to be taking the whole thing seriously. Just look at the trailer:
Anyway, whether it’s completely new to you, or if, like me, it’s got a bit of nostalgic flavor and you haven’t seen it for awhile, watch this movie. Personally I suggest getting a bunch of friends together for a beer and pizza night or something like that and just kicking back and enjoying it. Because you will. Just be prepared for some big goofy 80s fun.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!
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