Highlander (1986)

There can be only one.

One movie that I watched tonight for the first time, a film that is a member of the EYG Hall of Fame. A film that has become the next film in the DailyView. It is Highlander.

I definitely had an idea in my head what this movie was going to be like and I had some general concepts of what Highlander was. However, I never would have believed that one of the first scenes of the movie would feature Michael “P.S.” Hayes and the Fabulous Freebirds (Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy & Buddy Roberts) moving through a crowd of people to a wrestling ring (to take on Jim Brunzell, Greg Gagne and the Tonga Kid, by the way). Heck, they were even announced as being from Badstreet, USA. It was a total mind blow.

Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) is the man known as the Highlander. There could be only one. Connor has lived for centuries because he could not die. He was pursued by a crazed barbarian named Kurgan (Clancy Brown) who was an immortal who wanted the power of the Highlander.

The story is told over different points of the centuries of Connor’s life. We see Connor approached by another immortal named Ramirez (Sean Connery) who helped to train Connor. Ramirez also recommended that Connor leave his wife Heather (Beatie Edney) because of the pain that he would feel seeing her age and die before his eyes.

Another point of the story is the present day tale where Connor had taken the identity of Russell Nash and Kurgan has arrived to due battle with him again. Police forensics agent Brenda J. Wyatt (Roxanne Hart) gets involved in the case because there is a killer chopping off heads.

I will say that most of the film was really good and I enjoyed it. Christopher Lambert was great in all of the different eras where we saw Connor MacLeod. The relationship between Lambert and Sean Connery was the best of the film, despite the little screen time given to it.

I love Clancy Brown, but Kurgan was one of the parts of this that felt too cheesy and over-the-top. He got to a point where he seemed to be channeling the Joker. It did not feel like the correct tone for the film, and it did derail part of Highlander for me. The car chase scene was, in particular, my least favorite part.

However, I think the good parts outweighed the weaker parts and I can understand why this has become a cult classic among the movie community.

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