|Review: Buffy, the movie
||[Aug. 27th, 2013|12:08 am]
Wench with Wrench
There was no way I could do a complete review of the entire series without first reviewing Buffy the movie.
I remember seeing Buffy the movie (1992) for the first time. I had seen some vampire movies at that point: The Lost Boys (1987) and Once Bitten (1985) were my favorites, even though they were opposite sides of the serious spectrum.
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) didn't come out until a few months later, and the wonderfulness that is Interview With a Vampire didn't come out until 1994.
But, by this point I had been inundated with the world of John Hughes. It was going to take a lot to make me actually like a movie with a main character named Buffy.
But Joss Whedon pulled it off! Yes, it was silly, but it was the early nineties, and there was just enough serious darkness in the film (Rutger Hauer! Hellllooooooo!) to balance the silly.
For those of you that live under a bigger rock than I do, Buffy (Kristy Swanson) is an almost-valley girl cheerleader in LA who finds out that she is the Chosen One: the Slayer. She needs to be convinced by her Watcher (Donald Sutherland) that she has been chosen to rid the world of vampires. Once convinced, her social life suffers as she has to stake vampires and - at the senior dance - has her major battle with Lothos the vampire king (Hauer) and his minion Amilyn (Paul Reubens).
After Amilyn has the best death scene ever:
Buffy disposes of Lothos and she and Oliver (Luke Perry) drive away on his motorcycle.
My thoughts on it?
It is cheese! Pure and absolute cheese! And I loved every minute of it!
Is it timeless? Not by a long shot. It would never have made it as a TV show (happily Whedon had more of a say in the series than in the movie), but for a 90s movie, it was just enough kitch to keep it in people's minds until five years later when Buffy appeared on the small screen.
Now on to the show that blew the movie out of the water...