“Ha ha ha…”
这只是一个敲门笑话 布兰登 别怕
It’s just a knock knock joke. Brandon, chill out.
1989 saw the release of James O’Baar’s The Crow,
the story of a man resurrected to seek revenge for the death of his fiance.
Five years later, director Alex Proyas brought the four main books of the revengeful spirit to the big screen.
and with Brandon Lee’s pitch perfect casting, The Crow went on to become a full-blown cult classic.
What do you think, Clint? Halloween’s right around the corner.
Ready to put on some makeup and become indestructible?
Always, I’m literally always ready for that.
And without further ado, and no restraint on spoilers,
it’s time to ask what’s the difference.
The story of The Crow in both book and movie is the same at its core.
Eric Draven, artistic and brooding in a super gothic early 90s MTV,
sort of a way is brought back from the deadas an indestructible force of revenge
and sets out to murder the crap out of the gang that murdered the crap out of him and his fiance Shelly.
It’s a story of a deep and true love being ripped apart by a cruel, unfair world
only to be avenged byan unstoppable force of anger and sadness.
And while most of the events and charactersfrom the gothic novel appear in this adaptation,
nearly everything in the movieis tweaked, repurposed or rearranged.
Sure, the same people get killed,but in a different order and different ways.
In fact, everything is so… just changed enough
that this episode was sneakily difficult to write,
moving through the book and movie chronologicallyjust ain’t the way to go this time.
So let’s take this one in category, shall we?
[The crow caws][The person panicks]
“Suddenly, I heard a tapping,
“as if someone gently rapping,
“rapping at my chamber door.”
First up the characters.
Now obviously in the film version, Eric Draven is still the crow
Shelley Webster is still his slain fiancee.
The other good guys in the movie are sergeant Albrecht,
the good cop in a bad citywho works Eric and Shelley’s case,
and Sarah, a young girlwho Eric and Shelley took care of.
Albrecht is a mashup oftwo characters from the graphic novel:
a nervous rookie beat copwho encounters the crow and Captain Hook,
the officer who stayed byEric’s bedside after the attack.
Movie albrecht instead stayed with Shelleyin the hospital for 30 hours before she finally died.
Sarah from the filmtakes the place of Sherry from the book,
a young girl who Eric befriends as The Crowwhile he’s on his vengeful rampage.
the name change is probably justbecause Sherry sounds a little too much like Shelley
and the two shish names are one too many.
但无论是原著还是电影 她都是那个Fun Boy的女朋友的女儿
Either way in both book and movie, she is the daughter of Fun Boy’s girlfriend.
等等 Fun Boy？
Hold up, Fun Boy?
Yeah, Fun Boy.
“Don’t you ever fucking die?”
“Can you put me up for the night?”
[Sound of a gunshot]
You see Eric’s prey are street gang.
T-Bird, Tintin, Tom Tom, Top Dollar还有Fun Boy
T-Bird, Tintin, Tom Tom, Top Dollar and Fun Boy.
And just as a quick aside, these guys make a run at
but don’t quite top The Warriors for coolest Street tough names we talked about on this show.
Hey, did you know David Patrick Kelly who plays T-Bird in the crow
also played Luther in the Warriors?
That can’t be a coincidence.
Sucks getting typecast as a homicidal crazy person huh.
Either way, that’s boom… a bonus that you didn’t know.
And that’s… that… that’s the wrong show.
I’m sorry. Continue.
得了 老兄 别在混淆电影啦
Come on man, you’re muddling up the shows. All right.
所以T-Bird, Tintin, Tom Tom和Fun Boy都保留的书中的名字
So T-Bird, Tintin, Tom Tom and Fun Boy play similar roles in the book and movie
but Top dollar gets a promotion to main bad guy in the movie.
“Are we having fun or not?”
Top Dollar from the bookruns his own crew of drug pushers
but he gets killed in no more dramatic way than
any of the other thugsinvolved in Eric and Shelley’s death.
Movie Top Dollar, on the other hand, is the big bad,
final boss that runs the whole city,
他是一个爱幻想的 十分古怪的恶棍 总是愿意和异国美女分享他对神秘的兴趣
a fancy and eccentric villain with an exotic femme fatale who shares his interest in the occult.
And while he wasn’t actually therethe night Eric and Shelley were attacked,
it was on his orders thatT-Bird and his crew were there that night.
看到了吧 谢莉曾经为了租客的权利而勇于发声 而那栋楼的主人正是Top-Dollar
You see, Shelley had been campaigning for tenants rights in a building that I think Top-Dollar owns,
so the goons were sent to rough up the tenantsand scare them into clamming up.
But meanwhile all the fires on Devil’s nightwere also Top-dollar’s doing.
But those are kinda just for fun
或者说是…… 好吧 我也不是很清楚
or something… Listen, it’s not super clear.
Narratively though, the book is much simpler.
Book Eric is resurrected and begins carving a clear unimpeded path of revenge
through the gang members that took his life and the life of the woman he loved.
他先手杀了Tintin, Top Dollar以及一批他们手下的暴徒
He kills Tintin first, Top Dollar and a handful of his goons second.
Tom Tom gets a leg sliced off and bleeds out after pointing Eric to Gideon’s pawn shop.
And then Gideon gets killedafter Eric recovers Shelley’s engagement ring.
Then he finds fun boy to round up the rest of the crew,
Then after one complete memory of his and Shelly’s really horrific attack,
He goes after T-Bird and then the rest of the gangin a big shoot-’em-up on the street
and then that’s… and then that’s… that’s that…
Just stomps right through them.
Not one of them puts up any sort of fight.
– Eric as The Crow doesn’t even break a sweat.- Pretty much. Yeah.
No trouble at all.
Bullets go right through him and he doesn’t feel a thing.
His straight ahead ass-stomping tour is only broken up
by scenes of depression overthe loss of his beloved Shelly,
some self-mutilation, a few bits of modern dance,
and of course memories of the days when he looked like a young bucked-out Rod Stewart.
So that’s the biggest difference between the book and the movie.
All of the tweaks fall under a heading we’re going to call the Hollywooding of The Crow.
A movie needs its hero to struggle.
The audience needs to think, if only in a superficial way,
that the hero might not get the happy ending we think they deserve.
So all the little tweaks begin adding up to a Hollywoodified movie.
When Eric starts with killing Tintin in the movie,
he actually gets his ass kicked a little bit.
There’s a car chase for no reason at all before he kills T-Bird.
Eric goes on the run from the cops after taking out a bunch of Top Dollar’s men
and he needs Albrecht’s help to escape.
And adding Sarah’s prior relationship with Eric and Shelley makes the undead crow
a little more relatable beyond just his grief,
although it is a little weird that Sarah’s mom hangs out
with the same group of dudesthat murdered Eric and Shelley.
Yes, but when Eric sucks all the drugs out of her mom’s veins with magic
that’s way more helpful than leaving a note for a rookie cop to go take care.
Yeah, that’s fair.
Anyway, the most hollywooding of the crow is done with the change in Top Dollar’s character.
“噢 这已经让我厌烦了 杀了他”
“Aw, this is already boring the shit out of me. Kill him!”
Starters just making him a more prominent figure in Detroit’s underground raises the stakes.
However giving top dollarand his girlfriend an interest in the occult
gives them something with which to fight the crow.
When they discover his powers are linked to the crow,
they’ve discovered a weakness to exploit,
thus making our hero’s journey more difficult.
So the book lacked any sort of real obstaclebetween Eric and his vengeance
and the movie gave him onein the form of super crazy top dollar.
What does that difference really mean for the story?
Well for starters the book is all about love and loss,
pain and anger.
Even though Eric technically brutally murders everybody who brutally murdered him,
revenge is a much smaller part of the story.
O’Baar who at the time was dealing witha deeply tragic loss of his own
seems to use the crowas the manifestation of his grief.
It’s angry and hostile and literally indestructible until it runs its course.
The only thing you can hope to accomplish
is to be aware of the world around you enoughto make at least something a little bit better.
And because movies tend tobe more journey than statement,
we have to see Eric’s struggle.
Where the book ends with all the bad dudes deadand Eric climbing back into the grave,
the movie goes one step further
because Top Dollar doesn’t reveal
that he was ultimately behind Eric and Shelly’s murder until the very end.
Eric is settling back into his grave feeling good about all the justice he’s doled out,
when Top Dollar, his creepy magic lady and his top lieutenant show up and kidnap Sarah.
The fight scene ends with Albrecht pitching in,
but it’s Eric’s own grief that ends up winning the day.
“I have something to give you.
“I don’t want it any more.”
Like we said earlier, when movie Albrechtsat by Shelly’s bed for 30 straight hours,
Eric was able to feel all that raw anguish and pain
and ultimately transfer that to Top Dollar,
driving him mad enough to fall off the damn roof.
So while the book shows grief to be the destructive force that must be endured until it’s run its course
movie Crowe confronts his grief,
using it in order to finish his journey back to the grave.
“but real love is forever.”
So how about that?
特别的万圣节 独特的痛苦 失去 悲伤和90年代早期摇滚
Special Halloween What’s the Difference about pain, loss, grief and the early 90s grunge rock scene.
是的 我是说 我们可以感同身受
Yeah, I mean, we kind of touched on it.
I was listening to a lot of the Cure this whole time.
So you know it’s… it’s like in there.
Sure it is, Clint.
Sure it is.
Shut up, Casey.
You don’t understand me.
Well that’s it for this episode.
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and Nine Inch Nails and STP.
There’s even a range song on the soundtrack.
How did we not talk more about this soundtrack?