Ladyhawke | Chicago Reader


Deep in the mythical Middle Ages, teenage pickpocket Matthew Broderick reluctantly comes to the aid of a pair of enchanted lovers, one of whom (Michelle Pfeiffer) turns into a hawk by day, the other (Rutger Hauer) into a wolf by night. Director Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon) tries to play the ironic outsider perspective of the boy against the mad romanticism of the love story (much as Richard Lester did in his marvelous Robin and Marian), yet neither level is realized with enough conviction and dash to make the contrast take. The plotting rapidly degenerates into a series of dramatically arbitrary, largely suspenseless fight scenes, filmed with a debilitating aestheticism through the color-filtered lens of cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. With Leo McKern, John Wood, and Ken Hutchison (1985).

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