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Willow (Special Edition) (1988)

Comedy and Kids & Family movie directed by Ron Howard

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Lucas at his best

  • Jun 22, 2006
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Before Harry Potter, before the Lord of the Rings, before the slew of comic book movies like Spiderman, X-Men, etc... there were very few good fantasy movies that were not sci-fi. One could probably count them on one hand; Legend, The Dark Crystal, Dragonslayer, and this impressive family movie by George Lucas: Willow. Named after the central character of the movie - Willow Ufgood, this movie follows his adventures across a mystical, wooded land of monsters, trolls, magic, dwarfs, midgets, an evil queen, and great swordplay. Willow's children encounter a baby of another race. Their village council sends Willow to return the baby to its rightful owner. Along the way he encounters fairies, a witch, a great swordsman, a two-headed monster and all sorts of wonders that inhabit his magical world. He also discovers that the baby he is escorting is destined for greatness, and he picks up an assortment of friends, allies and enemies along his journey.

The movie clocks in at about 2 hours and makes for a relaxing, entertaining story that is appropriate for anyone but the smallest kids. It has romance, action, adventure, drama, comedy and the ocassional scary scene thrown in for good measure. The cinematography is beautiful. Filmed in the British Isles and partially in New Zealand, one can see portents of the LOTR movies in some of the grand vistas. The music is outstanding and perfect for a movie such as this; fans of George Lucas quickly hear his good ear in picking out the best thematic music for action-adventures such as this movie. Last but not least, the swordplay is great; better I think than in any of the Star Wars movies, very authentic and realistic.

All in all a great movie and I highly recommend it.

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review by . September 26, 2006
I remember when "Willow" first came out on the big screen. I remember how cool it was to watch the skull-helmeted General Kael ride onto the screen. I loved the swordplay of Madmartigan. The trolls were the creepiest things I've ever seen. Flash forward twenty-eight years, and "Willow" has lost some of its luster. It doesn't appeal to me as much as it did when I was a youngster. However, it is still a great film to watch with your family.    For those uneducated, "Willow" is …
review by . March 29, 2005
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When George Lucas was younger he wanted to become a race car driver. Instead, he has become one of the richest and most powerful men in the movie making industry. Besides dreaming up STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES, Lucas was the driving force behind several other filmmaking projects. One of the best of these is the movie WILLOW.    WILLOW is the story about a Nelwyn (hobbit-like creatures) farmer and hopeful sorcerer named Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) who finds a baby girl in some …
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This epic Lucasfilm fantasy serves up enough magical adventure to satisfy fans of the genre, though it treads familiar territory. With abundant parallels toStar Wars, the story (by George Lucas) follows the exploits of the little farmer Willow (Warwick Davis), an aspiring sorcerer appointed to deliver an infant princess from the evil queen (Jean Marsh) to whom the child is a crucial threat. Val Kilmer plays the warrior who joins Willow's campaign with the evil queen's daughter (Joanne Whalley, who later married Kilmer). Impressive production values, stunning locations (in England, Wales, and New Zealand) and dazzling special effects energize the routine fantasy plot, which alternates between rousing action and cute sentiment while failing to engage the viewer's emotions. A parental warning is appropriate: director Ron Howard has a light touch aimed at younger viewers, but doesn't shy away from grisly swordplay and at least one monster (a wicked two-headed dragon) that could induce nightmares.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Ron Howard
Screen Writer: George Lucas, Bob Dolman
DVD Release Date: November 27, 2001
Runtime: 126 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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