The Crow (1994) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

acting 7

directing 7 

effects 8

editing 7

writing 7


3.6 out of 5 🐙


A striking style and story with a fine turn by Brandon Lee who died in a tragic accident during filming. First his father. Then the son. Only the good die young? It’s just sad. Eons before the Spawn movie and Ghost Rider movies, this was the first comic book based undead avenger brought to the movie screen. Yes, I know Ghost Rider (the comic) predated the comic source material for this film). I can’t believe this movie is 25 years old. But because of its style, it still is watchable. That’s not a diss on CGI. Just saying it holds up. Its heart and story remain alive.




Review process: (this is always evolving, I’m sad to say. I’m more of a watcher who makes mostly unhelpful observations about things I have absorbed. I am not unlike a pop culture blob.)

Two scores are assigned: (I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me)

(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so.

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant).