Genre Guesstimation – Ladyhawke (1985)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Jeanette of The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl and it is 80’s Fantasy Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of March by sending them to jeanettesfantasy80s@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jeanette!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of 80’s Fantasy Movies.

“Sir, the truth is, I talk to God all the time, and, no offense, but He never mentioned you.” – Phillipe

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’85, cable in the 80’s and 90’s and 12 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – In medieval times, a young thief must help a cursed couple who can never meet since he turns into a wolf at night and she becomes a Hawk by day.

My Take on it – I loved this film as a kid and really hoped that it would still resonate as well for me now thirty years later.

On a whole it still holds up and is a fun film that is able to mix numerous genres to keep things constantly interesting.

The story moves along at a generally great pace and they only slowly reveal major plot elements which keeps it quite interesting.

For someone who has seen it before, the fact that those elements slowly are revealed doesn’t hurt the film because there are lots of subtle references along the way for those that are familiar.

The cast is great with Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Broderick all giving great performances.

This film merges romance, fantasy and action together in such a way that there is always someone to enjoy.

There are a few scenes that move along a bit too slowly yet despite this, the story itself remains fun and entertaining to keep things interesting the entire time.

Bottom Line – Really fun film with a very interesting idea that works most of the time. Love the way that the story moves along and only reveals the information slowly yet for someone who has seen this before, it’s easy to see the underlining plot points referenced throughout.  Great cast led by Hauer, Pfeiffer and of course Broderick.  Has a nice mix of romance, fantasy and action that works quite well. There are a few scenes that drag on a bit too much, but otherwise, this is a solid and fun fantasy film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The relationship between Navarre and Gaston was considered a possible influence behind the relationship between the characters of Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger in Star Wars: Rebels (2014). In that series, Ezra Bridger, a con artist and small time thief is taken on and trained as a Jedi by Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really close. This is a fun film but it’s far from perfect because it drags a bit too much in certain places.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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