Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Highlander… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
“The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
This film is the ultimate cult classic. It gained a huge following from VHS/LaserDisc and repeats on TV. Looking at the casting on paper you would say it would never work, a Frenchman playing a Scotsman and a Scotsman playing an Egyptian. Sounds crazy, but they actually pull it off.
The movie is beautifully directed and photographed, it has some fantastic visuals thanks to the best music video director of the 80s, Russell Mulcahy. The one thing that holds this film together is its wonderful score by Michael Kamen who collaborated with the band Queen to provide some of the most epic songs on film.
It’s a shame the first Highlander was tainted by some awful sequels and TV show spin-offs… There can only be one!
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The Highlander trailer can be watched here