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Action 100: Highlander

  • Aaron F.

   I’m going to start off in saying that I was not excited to watch this movie and that the trailer for it made it look way worse than it actually was.  Let’s take a look at what this film is about.

“Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery star in the epic tale of immortality that launched one of the most beloved action-adventure series in film and TV history. After Scottish clansman Connor MacLeod (Lambert) discovers his true identity as a member of a legion of immortals, he embarks on a legendary journey spanning continents and centuries, eventually landing in modern-day New York City. Connor faces his ultimate test when other immortals begin to appear in the city, leading to a titanic showdown where only one can claim victory. Directed by Russell Mulcahy and featuring a soundtrack by Queen, this is the modern classic that has attracted millions of warrior fans worldwide. This is HIGHLANDER!” – Amazon

   I ended up enjoying this way more than I figured I would.  The movie has its ridiculous moments but it ends up making the film a blast to watch.  In the beginning of the movie, there is an appearance from wrestling legends, “The Fabulous Free-birds”.  Whats hilarious about this scene is that the film makers found it necessary to add sound effects to the punches that were thrown in the match.  The fact that the Queen soundtrack was playing during this scene made it even more ridiculous as you could hear the loud punches during the song.  The whole opening sequence is really sweet.  Right after the opening scene there is a sword fight in the parking garage of the event.  The fight is super long and involves a beheading and several exploding cars, and not one regular civilian strolls into the garage for the entire scene. Hilarious.
   The battle scenes from the flashbacks were also really funny.   Two armies do battle and collide clashing swords while doing this unenthusiastic yelling.  It immediately reminded me of those bad civil war reenactments that you see small towns do sometimes.
    Kurgan, the lead villain, is supposed to be the most powerful immortal there is.  The actor that played him was so terrible, he was awesome.  He looked like someone that you would see in a gay S&M club in 1984. To add to the ridiculousness of his character, they do a scene where they show that he has a special case that holds his powerful sword.  The sword is in multiple pieces inside of the carrying case because it makes so much sense that a powerful strong sword would be something that you would assemble…

    Perhaps the scene that really made me laugh was when Highlander is shown in a flashback meeting up with his wife who in the scene looks different.  Her hair was really disheveled and she had weird white speckles all over her face and giant dark circles under her eyes.  She also had dead-like, code blue lips yet she was being portrayed in a happy scene in a field carrying a baby lamb.  I thought for a second she was supposed to be ill, but that wasn’t the case.  It was just really, really, terrible makeup to show that she was supposed to be an old lady!
    Highlander is definitely something that you should see if you have not yet seen it.  I already see some sweet baby onesie ideas for the future.