08 of 31 Fantasy Films in 31 Days: Ladyhawke (1985) - Exiled knight Navarre and the Lady Isabeau were cursed by an evil bishop for their love: by day, she is a hawk and he a man, by night he is a wolf and she a woman again, never again to touch in the flesh. Aided by the pickpocket Mouse, who keeps up a constant litany to God, the pair intend to confront the bishop and break the curse.
Rutger Hauer is the handsome and angsty Navarre, his hotness in this only ever matched by his turn in Blade Runner. Michelle Pfeiffer is the angelically gorgeous Isabeau. Matthew Broderick is the chatty Mouse, and while plenty hate his character/performance I will always love the little asshole. There’s a star-crossed love story with Beauty and the Beast overtones — similarly set in a medieval France — and not even the ridiculously 80s synth soundtrack can mar the fact that this is pure romantic fairy tale greatness. SUPER formative for me in terms of aesthetics and tropes, and I shan’t hear a bad word against it.
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