Hadn't seen this for years and was a little underwhelmed first time around, despite it being a firm favourite of P. T. Anderson's.
Have to say, I enjoyed it so much more on second viewing. Jeff Daniels is superb, but boy, Ray Liotta runs off with the film in the considerably darker second half
It also has the best roadside sign in cinema history: "WHOA! YOU JUST PASSED THE BEST SCRAPPLE IN PENNA. BACK 500 YDS"
"There can be only one" is the catchphrase uttered by centuries-straddling, sword-wielding immortals once they have despatched their competition through beheading. That motto could easily be applicable to the quality control of a film series which spawned a deeply inferior, needlessly retconned sequel, further lacklustre follow ups, a bizarre kids cartoon series and two insipid cheapo TV spin-offs. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the original and by far the greatest in the Highlander franchise has been duly given a 4K touch up and boy, does it look good.
Things I loved about this film:
The gold paint scene. It lurches suddenly from potential menace (Desmond Harrington's gaunt features tell a thousand stories) to luminous and enthralling beauty.
Cliff Martinez's score. He has an incredibly strong body of work, from Solaris to Winding Refn's own Drive, but surpasses himself with this synth-y phantasmagorical masterwork.
Alessandro Nivola's stifled swallow when Elle Fanning is first presented in front of him.
The humour. There's loads a genuinely laugh-out loud moments, the majority…