" There can be only one. " Is possibly one of the best movie tag lines ever said and the fact that it has to be the catchphrase of Highlander makes this movie already special.
The movie Highlander was a hit in 1986 as it spawned 2 sequels, a television series, 2 more movies based off the series and another television series which was a spinoff of the original television Series.However the First movie is the best thing to come out of it.
The plot of the movie is basic but it works out as we follow Connor MacLeod "the Highlander" of the title as we learn that he is immortal and that you can only kill him by cutting off his head, we also learn that now is the most important time of the immortals life the gathering where the last few immortals will fight until there is only 1 and that person has the prize.
The 2 main characters the kurgan and Macleod are brilliant in the movie, as we learn about MacLeod's past. This leads to the fact that the kurgan killed him in battle but before he took his head he was stopped but Macleod healed and was banished from his clan in Scotland as people thought his immortality was witchcraft Which would have possibly happened in the 1500's. We also meet Sean Connery who becomes Macleod teacher. I think Sean Connery does a good part here as he is a Scotsman who pretends to be Spanish but who is in fact a Egyptian in the movie which is funny but he does pull it off. However a shock happened as Connery's character is killed by the Kurgan and he he rapes Macleod's wife.The Kurgan is simply brilliant at his part as he looks like and sounds like a sadistic person, who would rape and kill for the fun of it. I believe this is a step up the the actors career as now he is the voice of Mr Krabs in SpongeBob SquarePants.
to me it is the voice that makes me think the Kurgan is one of the better sounding villains in movie history.
I believe the most infamous scene is in the movie is when Macleod and the Kurgan is in the church, as they point out the most important rule of them all. Immortals cannot fight on Holy ground and as they talk revealing they are the only two immortals left meaning only one of them will be the victor and have the prize. The quote the Kurgan says as he leaves is Legendary as he says " it better to burn out ,than to fade away." I love this quote and i agree with it in a way as everyone wants to be known when they die, also Brown voice as he said makes it sound to perfect.
Also this movie is realistic in a way that with the Heads of people being cut off people will notice and the police are investigating the crimes of it happening with several scenes of the movie dedicated to this, Macleod becomes the main suspect after leaving a crime scene and police stopping him but they don't have the evidence to arrest him. A detective discovers that the other name he used in the movie is fake and that he has been using names of dead babies for over 100 years and when she confronts him about it he tells her the truth and sleeps with her.
Overall i have to say that Highlander 1 is a classic and that it did the 80's a lot of good with it soundtrack which was mainly done by the legendary band Queen. apart from the music the acting good and the storyline is above average. The sequel however is 1 of the worst films in history
i would rate the movie 8 out of 10 as it could have been better with Macleod's past