THE CROW is about a young rock and roller (Brandon Lee, son of iconic martial arts master, Bruce Lee), who is murdered, along with his girlfriend, by a group of crazy, nasty thugs.
Somehow, a supernatural crow brings him back to life and allows him invincible, resurrected vengeance on the creeps who murdered him. Justice.
The Crow’s revenge has the purity and passion of a man who has lost something he knows he cannot get back: his life.
1. In that sense, THE CROW is a tarnished Christ analogy. But not gentle Jesus meek and mild. No. The Crow is like the Christ who will exact merciless vengeance on His enemies on Judgment Day. Indeed, the Crow kills one of his unrepentant victims by burning him to death.
There is a message of encouragement in this movie. That message, however, is not to be found in the revenge story. There is a subplot involving a young girl who roams the streets on a noisy skateboard.
Her mother is a haggard heroin addict, trying to kick the habit.
After being threatened by The Crow to be a better mother, the woman decides to give it a try and make her daughter eggs for breakfast.
The mother is bad at this, but at least she is giving it her best try. A start.
Her daughter does not expect breakfast from her mother and it looks like the eggs are going to taste terrible. The girl makes a discouraging comment and refuses the eggs. Her mother comes back with, basically, “What’s the use? Who am I trying to kid? I’ll never be a decent mother anyway.”
Suddenly, the girl realizes she has made a terrible mistake…
2. She decides she wants the eggs. If she discourages this first attempt of her mother to become a decent mother, she may not get the opportunity to go down this road again. So she encourages her mother to keep going in the direction of becoming a good mother. By eating her mother’s breakfast eggs.
Breakfast symbolizes a new day, and the eggs symblize womanhood and children.
It’s the most touching moment in the movie.
3. God is like that little girl. He encourages our failing steps as we move in the right direction in every area of our lives.
We never know when the person next to us is ready to give up and start going in the wrong direction. The person next to us could be ready to go into depression, fear, anger, lying, adultery, fornication, abortion, drinking, drugs, violence, smoking, or some other downward reaction to our wounding thoughtless idiot words and selfish deeds. They could even be on the verge of suicide.
One way or the other, we all die without love. (Remember the Internet story about the high school student who didn’t commit suicide because of the encouragement of one anonymous friend on the day he was going to carry out his plan?)
When you see someone who is down and out, that is not the time to do heavy lectures on their head. They need gentle life-giving encouragement and kindness. They are probably doing their best.
God help us to do the right thing when the moment arrives, and to be a friend when we see someone who needs our encouragement in their effort to do the right thing.
God bless us all as we go in the right direction. Amen.