No force in Heaven will release them. No power on Earth can save them.
Captain Etienne Navarre is a man on whose shoulders lies a cruel curse. Punished for loving each other, Navarre must become a wolf by night whilst his lover, Lady Isabeau, takes the form of a hawk by day. Together, with the thief Philippe Gaston, they must try to overthrow the corrupt Bishop and in doing so break the spell.
I was kind of expecting greatness from a film directed by the guy who brought us Lethal Weapon, Superman and The Goonies...but this was just kind of meh. A tad boring and uneventful.
The story is great of two lovers cursed, so by day she is a Hawk, but night he turns into a wolf. Hauer and Pfeiffer are pretty good here, but Pfeiffer does get the short end of the stick and we don't really get much time with her, or get to see her character progress any.
The effects look pretty awful by today's standards, but they probably weren't anything to write home about to begin with.
Broderick seems out of place here. Kind of like Ferris Bueller cracking jokes in an old time setting. And the score, while great, is really out of place here. It's like the score of an 80's Police Academy type film.
I dunno, I liked it
“Der Tag des Falken” ist eine einzigartige 80er Jahre Fantasieproduktion. Allein schon die Musik ist etwas Besonderes – rockig und hart, mit viel Elektro und Synthesizer …. so klingt heute kein einziger Fantasiefilm. Irgendwie schade - die Musik ist immer passend im Film!! Warum geht so etwas heute nicht mehr??
Der Film hat natürlich nach heutigen Maßstäben keine Chance gegen einen „Herren der Ringe“ – aber für damalige Verhältnisse, muss dieser Film einfach der Wahnsinn gewesen sein. Nicht viel Magie – man könnte fast sagen, dass er kein Fantasiefilm ist .. aber trotzdem, verzaubert er mit Kleinigkeiten (und einer wunderschönen Michelle Pfeiffer).
Rutger Hauer spielt solide den edlen Krieger Navarre und Matthew Broderick … wow … der spielt den Dieb…
I wish I could like this slightly more than I do. The three leads (Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer) and the director (Richard Donner) are all talented and I have affection for each one of them. It's a very neat idea, with a curse which is imaginative and tragic. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts.
The movie has pacing problems, dragging a little in the middle. I also don't feel like we really get the full impact of the curse on Pfeiffer and Hauer's characters, nor do we really feel the love that is said to exist between them. I recognize how difficult it would be to portray those emotions when they share so little screen time, but just because it would be difficult does not remove it as a weakness of the film.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Love this film.
An evil and jealous bishop puts a curse on two lovers. A thief known as The Mouse escapes the bishop's dungeon and falls in with their plans for revenge.
Ladyhawke is a bit of a unique version of 80s fantasy. It's very understated and straightforward, and that's what I like about it. There is not really that much magic involved in the story besides the central conceit of the curse.
The movie looks amazing. The colors and use of light make many shots in the film look like paintings. This is definitely due in large part to Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who also did Apocalypse Now and The Last Emperor. He just has a way of shooting things that look…
An interesting idea that sort of flows along without that much really happening. It is an interesting idea where the lovers cannot see each other due to a curse, but if there is obvious curses where is the other magic? The sword fights are quite lame from the last kill having to be the victim, grabbing the sword and making sure it goes in to him. It is not offensive but not really worth seeing.