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YMMV: The Crow
Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:

The franchise in general:

  • Fandom Berserk Button: Many fans will accept criticism of the film well and concede it had flaws. However, if you say anything negative about Brandon Lee or Thuy Trang (Trang is a lesser example, as her movie was simply her last film appearance), you will be ripped apart.
  • Narm: Some of Eric's dialogue in both movie and comic can fall flat, particularly when he starts going really off the deep end after the Gin Mill. Of course, he is pretty nuts, so this might be the singular case where Narm is a Justified Trope.
  • Sequelitis: In both media.
  • The Woobie:
    • Eric and Shelley. Hot damn.
    • James O'Barr. All the pain, self-hatred and survivors guilt Eric displays is taken from his own experiences with his fiancee dying. Even worse, he became extremely close with Brandon Lee, only to have him taken away too.

The comicbooks:

  • Awesome Music: Yes, for a graphic novel. Trust Obey released a soundtrack entitled "Fear and Bullets: Music to Accompany the Crow Comic Book" and is specifically made to play while you read.
  • Tear Jerker: The Crow: Curare features a detective obsessed over a brutal rape and murder of a small child named Carrie, whom the Crow brings back. Carrie, however, doesn't really understand what's happened to her and interprets things as a child would, which somehow makes the whole thing even worse.

The first film:

  • Adaptation Displacement: Though not for hardcore comics fans.
  • Awesome Music: Both Graeme Revell's score, which won awards, and the soundtrack, which featured notable bands as My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, The Cure, a Joy Division cover by Nine Inch Nails, among others. Mostly James O'Barr's favorite bands at the time he created the comic and whose songs were frequently referenced and used thematically in the comic.
  • Chaotic Evil: Top Dollar, as exemplified in his "Are we having fun or what?!" speech.
  • Complete Monster: Top Dollar is a Detroit crime boss who established himself as the supreme ruler of all criminal activity in the city. He's a chaotic arsonist who enjoys destruction and murder purely for its own sake, with his philosophy summed up best by his "Are we having fun or what?!" line to his fellow crime bosses. He organizes Devil's Night, in which buildings are burned down all throughout the city. He orders people terrorized out of their homes, and one such couple includes Eric Draven and his fiance Shelley, who are both violently murdered and Shelley also raped by his goons. He didn't specifically give the order for the murders, but he expresses no regret when he learns about it and admits responsibility. He eventually becomes tired of the profit reaped from the arson and other activities, and announces his plans at a criminal convention to burn down everything simply For the Evulz. His depravity extends to an incestuous relationship with his half-sister, whom he seems to enjoy purely as a sexual consort and for her supernatural knowledge, expressing no noticeable sorrow after her death. Even at the end he indicates he's enjoyed the thrill of it all, and hopes he'll find someone else as capable an opponent as Eric.
  • Designated Villain: Gideon, whose only crimes are being an opportunist (it's not as if he killed all those newlyweds off of whom countless criminals pawned wedding rings) and trying to stop a weirdo with a painted face from intruding on his property late at night. But that doesn't stop Eric from vindictively torching his pawn shop with gasoline.
    Eric: Each one of these...is a life. A life you helped destroy.
    • It's even worse in the comic, where Eric cold-bloodedly shoots Gideon dead with his own Walther handgun.
    • Gideon does, however, clearly know that people have been robbed, beaten, raped and possibly killed for all of these items. His reaction to spotting blood on the purse one of the villains sells him is only annoyance that it makes it obviously stolen and impossible to sell. He may not do the killing, but he clearly enabled the killers and was at best indifferent to their crimes. Tin-Tin also calls him a child molester, but we don't know if that's true.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The movie is about a guy who returned to life after being shot dead, starring a guy who was accidentally shot dead during filming. Not that this is funny, but Eric's occasional flippancy about being dead and people intending to kill him definitely qualify for this. One particularly jarring line, "Take your shot, Funboy - you got me dead bang" is spoken to the character whose actor pulled the trigger.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: It's really hard to watch behind-the-scenes interviews of Brandon Lee in which he's talking so reflexively about his character coming back from the dead, complete with lines like how "we should live life to the fullest, because it could end at any moment".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The film famously quotes the line "Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is" from John Milton's Paradise Lost. Director Alex Proyas is currently (As of 2012) working on a film adaption of the epic poem.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The compositing of Brandon Lee's face over his double after his death is not that noticeable, unless you are paying attention. But you gotta cut them slack under the circumstances - no one had ever done the effect before.
    • Michael Wincott's hair extensions to give him those long, flowing locks are, well, pretty obvious ...in more than a couple of scenes.
    • Eric's hand in the scene where Fun Boy shoots it is obviously a prosthetic when he holds it up to show the bullet hole. It's most obvious by the way it stays completely still when Eric is moving around slightly.
  • Squick:
    • When Eric grabs Darla's wrist and magically causes the morphine in her veins to leak out.
    • The eyeballs. Egads, the eyeballs.


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