Swords and Sentimentality
Those that know me know that I am a big soft git and a psychopath, nowhere are those two traits more artfully mashed together than in the 1986 movie Highlander. As always this is the part of the review where I come clean and reveal that I am a great fan. Today is the 36th anniversary of my spawning (Birthday) and it is an event that I look upon each year with trepidation. How better to deal with the unwanted ravages of time than to watch a film that shows the awful consequences of immortality. Lets see the trailer.
Highlander follows the life of Connor McLeod the immortal Highlander and his journey towards the Gathering where all the remaining immortals fight, the last man standing wind The Prize. What makes Highlander special in my eyes s the sheer care that is taken in showing the downsides of immortality, Connors exile from his own clan (a massive thing in 16th century Scotland), his love of a woman doomed to die before his eyes and friendships that must result in death.
The score to Highlander is sublime with a custom track written by Queen. “Who wants to live Forever?” was written for Highlander, as was “Princes of the Universe”, “It’s a Kind of Magic” and “Hammer to Fall”. These songs are iconic even out of the context of the film but, like Mike Batts “Bright Eyes” when put back into context can be truly epic. Here is “Who wants to Live Forever?” put into its right context.
It is far more poignant in English but YouTube (or the studio) are being dicks. http://youtu.be/lXaHDf_NKg4
Of course the film, like any classic, has its flaws. Plotting is sloppy in places, effects show their age and the accents are terrible. These gripes aside Highlander does everything that it is meant to, provokes, entertains and emotes. I love it.
One of my all time favourite films. Buy it, love it and cherish it. Ignore any sequels and kill anyone that suggests a reboot.
Paul Out… Tissues anyone?