So I had a chance to watch the new Highlander animated movie — Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (H:TSfV). Similar in scope to the other movies and television series in the Highlander universe, it deals with a number of immortals who wander the land and can never die, unless you remove their heads. Brutal, yes, but immortality provides some interesting characters as well as unique storytelling opportunities.
This Highlander movie deals with Colin MacLeod, an immortal who’s been around since Rome tried to conquer Scotland — meaning he’s been roaming the world (which is in about year 2100 something in the movie) for roughly 2000 years. He’s been hunting Marcus Octavius through the years, as he managed to kill his wife back 2000+ years ago, which really ticked him off. He’s been wanting revenge ever since then. Had a few close calls, but eventually finds him in 2100s New York City.
The animation style is the “anime” style from Japan. It was directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri and based on a script by David Abramowitz (who wrote based on the characters Gregory Widen created in 1986 and then continued for the next 21 years). I actually enjoyed the story, which let me ignore the anime style. Sometimes anime is distracting, but in this case I thought it worked well.
What to like? The story was cool. Being a Highlander junkie, it was great to see an immortal character appear in different time periods — and probably much easier to do in an animated film than a live action one.
What not to like? Not much really. There was a little T&A in the film, so if you have children watching, you might want to know that in advance. Lots of violence (can’t help it in the Highlander franchise). Quite a bit of animated blood. But if you know what you’re getting into, it’s easy to overlook all of that.
All in all, I thought this was a pretty good entry in the Highlander family of films. I’ll give it a solid 3 out of 4 stars.
I think I preferred the Highlander television series (once it got over its “silly” phase the first couple of seasons) to this, and nothing beats the first Highlander movie (though if you take Highlander 2 out of context, it was actually kind of a fun movie — I know, blasphemy), but this was actually not bad.
Check it out if you’re a Highlander junkie like myself and let me know what you think!