Another Saturday means another Saturday Double Feature!
Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
One of the surprise hits of the faux-MCU (meaning those films based on Marvel comics characters, but produced by Fox or Sony as opposed to Marvel themselves) was 2016’s Deadpool, an over-the-top interpretation by Ryan Reynolds of the “merc with a mouth” who has been a popular character in the comics for years, but wasn’t really considered a candidate for movie stardom.
The success of the original Deadpool showed at least two things, however, first, that any character, when written properly, can be a hit with audiences, and that these movies don’t have to fit into the standard PG-13 mold that seems to trap so many standard “superhero” movies.
So, thanks to the success of the first film, this weekend‘s big opener is Deadpool 2, which looks like it may be an even bigger hit than it’s predecessor. If nothing else, it has a lot more name recognition now, plus it has been the subject of a huge (and highly creative) marketing campaign.
Let’s take a look at part of that campaign, shall we? (Fair warning, the trailer is NSFW.)
You may have noticed that I put the word “superhero” in quotes above, because Deadpool, being a mercenary, doesn’t really qualify as a “hero”. At best he’s more of an anti-hero. So it seemed fitting, when looking for something to pair it with, to look at other oddball anti-hero movies based on comic books.
The Crow was based on a comic series created by James O’Barr. The series ran through various comics put out by various companies during the late 1980s and early 90s. In 1994 it was turned into a movie starring Brandon Lee, the son of movie legend Bruce Lee.
The Crow is the story of Eric Draven who, at the beginning of the film is found murdered and his fiancee has been beaten and raped. One year later his grave is visited by a mysterious giel and then by a crow. That night, Eric rises from the grave and begins to seek revenge on those who killed him and attacked his fiancee. He paints his face to look like a harlequin mask and is aided in his quest by the crow who has seemingly brought him back to life.
The movie is unfortunately infamous for an on-set accident involving a prop gun that misfired and fatally wounded Lee who, though he was rushed to the hospital, died that evening. The film was finished after some script re-writes by using stunt men in place of Lee and through digital effects.
The end result is a moody and atmospheric film which serves as a fitting memorial to its star and an intriguing and stylish movie in its own right.
(And yes, I know I kind of cheated with this one, since the “rules” say the movie should be from the 80s or before, but the fit was so good I couldn’t pass it up. Plus, since I;m the one that makes the rules, I’m the one that gets to break them, too, right?)
So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Deadpool 2? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!