This isn't a secret, right? I mean, no one is surprised to see that I love Terminator, right? Yes, I'm fully aware of the controversy involving Harlan Ellison, but do you know what that did for me? It introduced me to the works of Harlan Ellison. I don't love The Terminator any less because of that.
I'm unfortunately one of those people who was introduced to The Terminator after I was introduced to Terminator 2. When I initially saw Terminator, I went "eh, it was whatever. I liked how the Terminator loses all his skin, that was pretty cool. Oh, and seeing boobs in a Terminator movie was pretty cool too." I was also 10 at the time.
However, as I've grown older, my love for the first movie grows. I love the soundtrack to this one so much and it might even be responsible for my love of Synthwave. The Love Scene is one of my favorite pieces on the soundtrack. It's so sombre but as it picks up, it begins giving a feeling of hope. It perfectly encapsulates the moment. It feels so hopeless but as Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor embrace, the future feels more hopeful because...well, John Connor.
I don't listen to many soundtracks for fun. I do listen to The Terminator and Profondo Rosso's soundtracks fairly regularly. I love the gritty feel of this movie. T2 feels so cut and clean and is definitely way more accessible, but something about how dirty this movie looks really adds to the charm for me.
Look, I really love this movie. I cannot explain all the things that it does right within the amount of time I give myself to write Demise of Film each week. Can I just gush about things that I love about this movie?
I love Bill Paxton so much in this movie. I know he's only in like two minutes, but I love his stupid face tattoo so much. Michael Biehn freaking is Kyle Reese. I know Anton Yelchin played him in one of the later movies and some other dude played him in that one where John Connor is a robutt. The other dude is way too buff to play a soldier hiding from robots in a dystopia.
People always criticize Arnold as a plank of wood, but that performance type seems so natural here. Maybe it's because I'm a fan of Arnold in general, but I absolutely love him in this movie.
I really enjoy Linda Hamilton in this movie more than Terminator 2. The scene in T2 where she goes after Miles Dyson is good, but I much more prefer the vulnerable Sarah who slowly falls into her role as a warrior. The woman in the beginning of the movie and the woman and the woman who tries to spur Kyle Reese on toward the end of the film, are not the same woman. I miss character arcs so much.
I could seriously talk about Terminator all day, I freaking love this movie. If you haven't seen it (trust me, I know a lot of people who haven't), I highly recommend it.