“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Monday, January 26, 2015
Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
How bad is it? It's become legendary for its high-budget badness. Should you see it? If you're really bored, maybe.
The original Highlander film was all style and little plot, but this sequel has completely abandoned what plot there was, turning our immortal Scots into aliens fighting on an alien planet. The year is 1999, or 25 years later, or maybe 500, or maybe time is different on a different planet, because we have title cards telling us all of these things. We have people reanimating each other apparently by saying their names loudly, fights on floating skateboard thingies, accents that come and go, a Shakespeare play and tens of millions of dollars of wasted special effects. Nothing makes sense, everything is overexplained and then frantic action just starts and stops.