Howard the Duck
You will believe that a duck can talk.
A scientific experiment unknowingly brings extraterrestrial life forms to the Earth through a laser beam. First is the cigar smoking drake Howard from the duck's planet. A few kids try to keep him from the greedy scientists and help him back to his planet. But then a much less friendly being arrives through the beam...
So, I noticed a lot of people on letterboxd were raving about this film, calling it a fun guilty pleasure. I wanted to see what all the hype was about and I went in with low expectations. Now, I have a few questions for you all...
What kind of sick bastard would put tits on a duck?
How can a duck fuck a person?
How can a duck fuck?
What the fuck?
*warning! this is not a review! this is merely a string of CAPSLOCK shouting! if this offends and/or annoys you, don't read!*
I HAD TO REWATCH THIS AS PEOPLE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT!!!!
HOWARD COMPELLED ME!!
IT IS MY BY BIGGEST GUILTY PLEASURE!!!
AND IT MAKES ME DANCE LIKE A GIDDY GIRL BECAUSE I AM DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH IT!!!
IT IS ABOUT A FRICKIN' DUCK FROM OUTER SPACE!!
I HAVE WATCHED IT TOO MANY TIMES!!
AND IT MAKES ME SHOUT!!
I DON'T KNOW WHY!!
WATCHING THIS FILM WITH ME IS NO FUN!!
BECAUSE I'M SHOUTING ALL THE TIME!!
DID I MENTION HE SMOKES CIGARS??
I LOVE HOWARD!!
BUT NOT, LIKE, YOU KNOW, IN A WEIRD WAY!!
WHY AM I STILL SHOUTING?? THE MOVIE'S OVER!!
Right...sorry 'bout that.
Part of **No Re-Watch November 2012**.
I'M NOT NOETIC HATTER. I'M. . .SOMEONE. . .ELSE.
It's always good times when first approaching a universally loathed film. Inevitably, the movie will not live down to the hype and will turn out to be a lot more watchable than expected. (Doesn't always work, of course -- just ask a little film about the Garbage Pail Kids.)
Howard the Duck turns out to be a lot of fun. The opening sequence on Duck World skillfully parodies mid-80's culture, as do the early scenes in Cleve Land. Lea Thompson is wicked hot, as expected (she says on the special features that it took them 2 hours a day to create her hairstyle) -- she's…
This is a bad film, but it's a bad film that's so funny, so outrageous that it becomes good. George Lucas, I'm not keen to see much of your filmography again, but I'd rewatch this film!
For those of you who haven't seen it, it's a comic alien film with a humanised duck as the lead character. It bombed at the box office and only has 4.3 on IMDb, but is a hidden treasure for those who can take their films a little less seriously than letterboxd users usually do.
Certainly a lot to dislike here, especially the missed opportunity (it almost entirely fails to capture the satirical edge of Steve Gerber's brilliant, intelligent comic), but groundbreaking ILM effects (including the first use of wire-removal CGI) and a terrific turn by Jeffrey Jones means it's worth a look.
Howard The Duck has to be one of the biggest disappointments for me when it comes to movies. I didn't even know this thing existed until around 1994 or so and with already having years under my belt as a comic fan I felt that I needed to see it. I had read some Howard The Duck comics and while the ones I had read up to this point were not great I still thought that they were ok.
Unfortunately for me back around that time you couldn't just stream a movie off of Netflix or getting them some other more dubious ways online. If you wanted to see it and your local video store didn't have it then you…
Certainly not as bad as it's reputation. I'll go further to say that there is a little bit of charm to it.
I remember enjoying this one a lot as a kid, and was afraid of it not holding up well. But know what? Is not that bad and actually quite funny, also those ILM neon rays never get old.
Jeffrey Jones is a great actor. Too bad he's a criminal and a creep.
Once upon a time I lent my doody a VHS copy of this crazy gem.
The next day, his mother was more than upset and gave me a sermon.
It was truly worth it.
Seeing this terrible stinker just made realize how awesome a Howard the Duck movie could be if someone actually did it right. The comics were so full of quirky humor and satire.
Is it weird that directing a good HOWARD THE DUCK movie is one of my dream gigs?
Ah Howard, how I hate thee! Widely and rightly reviled as one of the biggest turkeys of all time, Howard the Duck is an almost brilliantly misconceived movie. It not only mangles the source material horribly but it also managed to be illogical and wrong head on every possible level.
So we have Steve Gerber's rude and obnoxious duck mellowed to make him family friendly, but then they take the watered down character and place him in a movie see your hero menaced by a lesbian biker gang, getting a job in a brothel and coming close to bestiality with Lea Thompson.
A trainwreck of interdimensional proportions. When I originally saw this at the theater, during the scene where the policeman is searching Howard and says, "Lieutenant, there's no zipper," a woman in the audience stood up and yelled, "It's right there, you're not looking hard enough!" Sums up the film perfectly.
So George Lucas made this and we are all surprised when he came up with Jar Jar? Saying that it is stupid and makes very little sense but still I found myself enjoying it.
What did strike me was the fact that there were two levels of effects in this, the practical effects which were good, yes Howard looks like a man in a suit but the effects on Jeffrey Jones and all of the sets look fantastic. Then there is the primitive CGI which just looks horrible, you would have thought seeing this and after Star Wars that George would have said no to CGI....oh yeah he did say something like that.
Anyway not a rant against Star Wars but I did have fun with this film it is just a simple Duck out of water story.
once I held this with nostalgic affection, now it makes my brain hurt like a cinematic infection