Sunday, June 22, 2014

Movie Review: ****^Ladyhawke (1985)

This is one of my favorite movies ever.  It portrays the story of a couple Navarre and Isabeau (Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer), who have secretly engaged themselves to be married because of their love.  They confess this love to a local monk (Leo McKern) who unwittingly divulges this to the bishop, and Isabeau's guardian, who, when he hears of this, becomes jealous, putting a course on the couple.  As such, he is a wolf by night, and she is a hawk by day.  They are always just passing each other, but not quite able to touch.  When Gaston (Mathew Broderick) escapes from the bishop's prison, Navarre decides it is time to act, and recruits Gaston to help him break into the bishop's castle, so he can kill the bishop. 
A wolf hunter is sent to capture Navarre, but he evades capture.  The hawk is wounded, in a scuffle with the bishop's guards.  They flea to the monk's monastery for refuge.  The monk has discovered a way he can be redeemed, but Navarre is just intent on revenge.  In their journeys, the wolf falls through the ice of a lake, and Gaston is scratched trying to rescue him.  They do make it to the city, Navarre with his hope of revenge, and the monk with his hope of redemption.  Great sword fight between Navarre and the Captain of the guard (Ken Hutchinson).  I love the action, the sword play, and the mysterious things surrounding this couple.  Very well done.

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