Saturday, March 29, 2008

Highlander (1986)

Director: Russell Mulcahy

Starring: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Hart

More Info: IMDB

Tagline: There can be only one.

Plot: After centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, an immortal Scottish swordsman faces his final opponent: a bloodthirsty barbarian who has chased him across time to 1985 New York City, where they fight for the Prize: the spiritual ability to know everything.

My Rating: 8/10

Would I watch it again? Sure

Because everyone and his kid sister have seen this I’m going to be brief. I like it. I really like the concept. Sure, the film makers potentially shot themselves in the foot by not leaving it open for a sequel but somehow making a dozen of them and various TV shows. I’m OK with the rock score by Queen although I wasn’t when I first saw this in the 80s.

What I’m not OK with is how Lambert’s character is Scottish but speaks with a crazy French accent! It’s annoying as hell when he’s so obviously supposed to be Scottish. He’s also not that great of an actor. And then there’s Connery. I LOVE me some Sean Connery but he’s the one with a Scottish accent but his character is a Spanish Egyptian!!! WTF? It wouldn’t have been that difficult to have at least come up with a reason why he speaks like he does. Hell, they could have at least done SOMETHING to explain Lambert’s character’s lack of Scottish accent. Especially since he’s surrounded by dozens of his kin that ARE speaking Scottish. For fuck’s sake. They could have easily passed it off as Lambert spending time in France or a speech impediment or slight mental retardation or ANYTHING.

I know, I know, I’m being petty. But when you consider the laughter it generates while watching the film it’s a painful point with me and detracts from the effectiveness of the film.

It reminds me of a poem…

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Beheadings are cool
And so is this movie if you can get past the messed-up accent thing.

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