Blind Spot 63: Highlander

When I added Highlander to this year’s Blind Spot picks I didn’t know what to expect. I’m not the biggest fantasy fan and it being R rated made me skeptical it would be for me. However, for the sake of variety in the series I decided to give it a try.

And the verdict?…

I quite enjoyed it! Honestly the first 30 minutes or so were a little confusing with the narrative switching from 1985 to 1536. I could have used a little more exposition to lay out the world and rules of the magic. However, the action was so good and the film so well made it was still fun to watch. Then as the story progressed I picked up on what was happening.

Highlander tells the story of Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) who is an immortal starting in 1536 (think Braveheart with magic) and an immortal bounty hunter in 1986. At the start he takes out a man named Iman Fasil and when he cuts off his head there is an event called the Quickening which is like an electrical shock throughout the parking garage. This is a really fantastic sequence.

Then things move on as we switch from his life in 1536 getting trained by Egyptian from Spain Sean Connery to tracing down the evil Kurgan Clancy Brown in 1985. The women are a little bland for my taste here but other than that all the characters are a lot of fun and well cast.

One of the most impressive parts of this film is how well it is directed and made. The camera is nearly constantly moving and the the director Russell Mulcahy makes interesting choices in the angles he uses and the way the action is staged. This helps draw us in and makes the ever changing world feel consistent even when it isn’t.

I also appreciate how unpredictable and unique Highlander is. I guess the sequel and rest of the franchise tarnished its image but I legitimately didn’t know what was going to happen. It can feel a little random at times but I was still overall very entertained.

There has been some talk of a Highlander reboot happening and I find that prospect to be very interesting. I think it’s a property that has a ton of potential to improve and make even better than this original. If it was up to me I would ask Taika Waititi to direct it. His energy seems tailor-made for this film!

As I said the female characters are bland and sometimes the narrative can be confusing but I wish more fantasy films took such risks and didn’t take themselves so seriously. Highlander ends up being a good time whether in 1986, 1536 or 2021.

What do you think of Highlander? Is it a nostalgic favorite of yours? Let me know in the comments section

7 out of 10

2 thoughts on “Blind Spot 63: Highlander

  1. “Bounty hunter”? Hi!
    Nice to see a new review, even though you thought he was a bounty hunter. I don’t know which version of this you saw, as there are a few to choose from and it’s best to see the one with the most footage, but also calling the female characters bland bothered me just a little. The blandest was Kate, who went kind of mad when she thought her lover was the devil. This movie was made in 1985, and Brenda was remarkable for the time. Heather was more gentle and a product of her time, but she also was no wimp. There is also Rachel, who Connor raised after rescuing her from a Nazi soldier in WWII. If that wasn’t included in the movie you saw, you were cheated.

    There are podcasts great for listening or/and watching, as some are youtube because of COVID-19. I recommend Highlander Rewatched, Highlander Heart, and Fandom Podcast Network’s Blood of Kings.

    1. What would you call his job? He’s trying to hunt down the other immortals similar to how a bounty hunter hunts for the criminals. I thought it was a fair description. Thanks for the podcast recommendations! As this was my introduction to the genre forgive my use of the wrong terms

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