Tear Jerker / The Crow
It's a Tear Jerker
from the beginning to the end.
- Eric and Shelly's death scene itself. Eric and Shelly are so in love it's almost sickening. Shelly was just 12 hours away from getting married. Her involvement for opposing tenant relocation comes back to bite her in the form of T-Bird's Gang. They trash her house, beat her and rape her, all with the intention of putting enough fear into her to make her leave her home. Then Eric shows up, which turns an already bad assault into murder. What makes it especially heartbreaking is they were both murdered at the height of their own personal happiness.
- What makes it even more sad is, as soon as Eric comes back from the dead, he has no idea of his empathic abilities to touch items and people and see what happened in the past. So upon going home, where his and Shelly's murder took place, he relieves the entire thing, one brief flash at a time.
- A Deleted Scene has him running into a hysterical, gravely-injured woman who was working in an arcade Top Dollar's men just destroyed with a bomb; her pain and terror passes straight to Eric when she grabs onto him.
- As Eric leaves Albrecht's apartment, Albrecht asks, "Are you gonna disappear into thin air again?" Eric turns to him with a heartbreaking look on his face and says, "I think I'll just use your front door." It told me that that he misses the simple pleasures of living.
- There are the final few minutes when Eric has to explain to Sarah that he can't stay and take care of her shortly before the final battle. That battle culminates in him finally killing Top Dollar by inflicting upon him Shelly's final "thirty hours of pain" after having been stabbed through the gut, moments before he finally collapses on top of his own grave, and Shelly appears to bring him to Heaven.
- This is without the Reality Subtext taken into consideration.
- The opening music is tear jerking, particularly near the end of the piece.
- Sarah's voiceover at the end is particularly tearjerking for anyone who has ever lost someone close to them.
Sarah: If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.
- From a production standpoint, Brandon Lee's death is an obvious one. However, a special mention has to go to Michael Massee, who played Funboy. He was the one who used the faulty gun prop that killed Lee. He had to deal with Linda Lee Caldwell's grief, he quit acting for a year, he had nightmares to this day about the incident, and he never watched the finished film.
For Brandon and Eliza.
- For the uninitiated, Eliza was Brandon's fiancé.
- Massee died of stomach cancer at age 64 in 2016, and guess what was the first thing every single article about him brought up? To sum up, this guy went through two decades of horrible guilt and nightmares for something that was in no way his fault, and once he was gone, it was still the only thing anyone wanted to talk about.