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Ladyhawke (1985)

Ladyhawke (1985)

Noble. If there's any one word to sum up this movie that'd be it!

What starts as the tale of a boy - Philipe Gastone - managing to escape the Aquila dungeons, soon turns into the tragic love story of a man who turns into a wolf at night, and a lady who turns into a hawke in day. They fight side by side but can never truly meet. Always together but always apart.

It's poetic, romantic, light-hearted sometimes but most of all... beautiful. It's a fairytale like you don't see too often these days, starring Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer in the lead roles as the knight Navarre and the beautiful Isabeau. And then there's Matthew Broderick as the boy. The old priest too: Leo McKern. Amazing voice.

I love the milieu - the castles and lowlands, and the special effects are basic but artistic. They look good. The music's grand - not too much, not too little. The tension's always nearby, and the story captivating from start to finish. It's dramatic, to say the least.

Rutger plays the knight game well. It feels like a movie from another time, with a religious theme but... not a disturbing or overtaking one. It goes with the setting - valiant, dark, and dreamy.

It's like a fairytale should be. Issabue and Navvare are the perfect couple, and for a few moments it was a pleasure to join them in their world, and their at times hopeless journey for love and justice.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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