Another 80’s childhood favourite, which holds up surprisingly well, this manages to sell a pretty silly fantasy conceit – Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer are lovers cursed to forever live apart (she is a hawk by day, he is a wolf at night), and Matthew Broderick is the wise-cracking thief who ends up trying to break their curse and reunite them. It’s sumptuously shot (beautifully capturing the Italian countryside where it was filmed) and appealingly daft, with Broderick’s humour somehow not as irritating as you might guess.

It does, however, have a truly awful score. Something slightly terrifying started to happen to the music for many 80’s fantasy films – the more traditional lush and sweeping orchestral scores were put aside in favour of synth-led, modern sounds, leading to a contrast which is horrifyingly dated by today’s standards. Ridley Scott’s movie Legend suffered a similar fate. It genuinely shakes you out of the film – if they can re-score classics like Metropolis, why can’t they do so to rough diamonds like this?

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Cinematography9
Matthew Broderick's constant asides to God6
Michelle Pfeiffer possibly never looked so beautiful8
Rutger fucking Hauer9
Possibly the worst score in the history of film1
Bechdel Test Passes
  • n/a
Bechdel Test Failures
  • Pretty sure there's only one named female character
7Overall Score

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