The Crow (2) – It can’t rain all the time

December 21, 2014

Victims 4 - the crow quoteWelcome back!

Please make sure you read the first part of this analysis of the tragic in order to understand where this is going.

Now, let us continue…


However, is Eric truly guilty of this hybris? We do not know whether he chose to be brought back, refused to “move on” like any good spirit or the crow simply brought him independently. Perhaps he’s just a victim. Which case, far from canceling the tragic aspect, makes it even worse. How?

I said that this is true for a classical tragedy, but there can be more meanings to this word even in the poetic area. I shall give you my own point of view. Beyond the mundane meaning of a tragic event, in a more artistic way, a tragedy can also happen when there is no hybris of the hero… just the damnation. I find it to be lyrically tragic in nature when innocents are hurt (or even doomed) solely because of the evilness of others… but not just hurt. Lost. Lost forever, despite them having no fault. In this case, the punishment for those evildoers is not only well deserved, but also brutal and unavoidable, unless even more evil befalls the community, and literature justifies it by any means, no matter how crazy. Say… a Crow (= undead avenger).

Why? Because it is one thing to hurt a person… he can move on or hurt you back. But it is entirely different when you condemn a person to the loss of innocence through no guilt of their own, only your own evilness. Evil can cause misery to innocent persons. But perhaps these victims will only become better and be rewarded in the end. However, evil can also overwhelm the innocent but weak, causing them to be fallen not because of evil desire, but merely because of helplessness. This is a major offense to the essence of the world itself to say so. This type of evildoing will always get punished. Dearly.

Yes, it is almost a perfect tragedy (even if I say so myself) when you have innocents being punished together with the wicked. You see, people are relaxed when watching a classical tragedy for they know that at least part of that suffering is deserved by the guilty hero. This doesn’t make him less worthy of our pity, it just makes him human, like us: we always make mistakes and we endure their consequences. But when innocents suffer, something deep within us is startled and offended. This is the moment when the noisy calamities end… and the real, subtle, silent suffering begins. When the mundane tragedies end… and the real, profound and irremediable tragedy starts.

How does all this relate to The Crow? In every way. I like stories about revenants as much as the next person, but this doesn’t mean that I refuse to see that their condition is, to say the least, not normal… and full of grief. Eric Draven was innocent, a normal guy on his way to get married. And now he is a vengeful messenger from beyond the grave, brutal and lethal. The movie does a greater job than the comics at outlining his sensitive aspects and his deeply grieving, wounded spirit that only seeks love and happiness… maybe pity and forgiveness.

There is a lot of innocence that has been lost here, despite the fun we have watching the Crow killing his enemies who are completely helpless against him.

Is revenge justified? I don’t know.

Come on, it’s a great plot and he’s amazing! Yes, but… I don’t know.

But he got murdered savagely and even the crow thought it okay to bring him back for the bloody deed! This revenge has to be justified… by forces beyond human reason!! Yes, I know all this ok? It’s just… I don’t know.

Will he get to see Shelly in the afterlife? *sigh* …I don’t know…

The myth says nothing about any of these… Eric simply needed to set something right. Only our light-hearted nature would like the story to have a happy-end.

But it doesn’t. Because beyond the painful love aspect, the astonishing revenge plot… this is a tragedy. It is a tragedy for Eric and you know what? It is even a tragedy for the main antagonists of the movie, the leader of which is Top Dollar. Why? Because even though nobody feels pity for the maleficent, their sheer blindness and refusal to admit the dreadful consequences of their acts make them the victims of the world Victims 5 - myththey live in. Allow me to be sarcastic and say that everything goes well with murdering people… until one of them gets back at youfrom beyond the grave!

At this point you need to stop and ask yourself about your life… seriously. Thinking you can master death when clearly all you care about is money and the pleasures of this life is highly hypocritical. And dangerous. The universe doesn’t like it. The crow doesn’t like it. The awesome, supernatural revenant you just helped create will prove it to you!

The criminal’s refusal to see that he had a part in his own undoing, even when he can see it as clear as daylight, is very tragic in nature… yes, even though he is the guilty one… why? Because, in the end, we all think we can get away with it… that it will all blow over soon… and as time passes, we refuse to see that, even if in the past, we had something to do with our own hardships today.

And if we didn’t…

…if we really, REALLY did NOT cause anything to deserve punishment or something bad that happened to us… well, then let’s be mindful so that we don’t become like the crow (if you fight monsters, don’t become one… remember that nice quote?)… for there is no happy end. Only “here we go again”. Because the crow is not just an entity that bring back dead people to have revenge. The crow is a myth, a force that needs to make things right again in the world when its core laws have been violated and it shall use all means available (if you do check the provided site with the on-line comics, read the review at the end of it to understand).

But there is something deeply disturbing and sorrowful at the bottom of all this. It sprang this beautiful story of love and loss that we call today The Crow. And it is this lyrical aspect of the movie (or comics) that I wanted to talk to you about. It’s not “the moral” or anything… just my interpretation of what I find truly beautiful about it in ways words can’t really quite express it yet.

I hope you enjoy it and I’m anxiously awaiting your comments!


As some bonus material, I’d like to point out a few catch-phrases from the movie…

1) “Victims, aren’t we all?” – yes, I know I spoke about this in one of my previous articles (Food for thought). But now you actually know what it is all about: the crow, the movie, the tragedy… the meaning. Eric Draven is a victim… but so is everybody else, including the criminals that deserve what they get not just because they murdered people (as explained above)! In a way, this quote describes the tragic essence of the movie. And, as I had previously said about it, it’s both a death sentence and a chance for salvation … for those that truly understand what is going on.

2) “It can’t rain all the time.” – While this has nothing very spectacular about it, it has become iconic for the movie because it is like a secret phrase that helps Sarah, a girl in the movie, recognize Eric for who he really is – a friend now… and always. It is also one of the few sad&sweet moments in the movie. For Eric, it will rain all the time. But he’s also here to prevent others from having the same fate.

3) “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever. […] A building gets torched, all that is left is ashes. I used to think that was true Victims 1 - the crow comic classicabout everything, families, friends, feelings. But now I know, that sometimes, if love proves real, two people who are meant to be together, nothing can keep them apart.” – These are some of Sarah’s words, acting like a frame for the entire movie. Perhaps this is ,,the moral”, but the tragedy goes way beyond.

4) “Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children.” – These are Eric’s words to Sarah’s alchoholic mother. I just think they are simply fabulous and there isn’t an enough number of times you can say it.

5) “Childhood’s over the moment you know you’re gonna die.” – A line belonging to Top Dollar, the movie’s main antagonist. Still great.


Also, over time, The Crow has spawned numerous comics and a film franchise. I only recommend that you also see the third movie, also called The Crow: Salvation, released in 2000. Its crow is not like Eric Draven, but Alexander Corvus is way too hardcore in its own way. The other two Crow movies (second and fourth) are not so good and the Stairway to Heaven episodes (in just a single season, based on The Crow) are rather cheesy.

by Anca-Raluca Sandu

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