Adventure doesn't come any bigger than this.
Fearful of a prophecy stating that a girl child will be born to bring about her downfall, the evil Queen Bavmorda imprisons all pregnant women within the formidable stronghold of Nockmaar. A child, Elora Danan, is born in the Nockmaar dungeons and identified as the prophesied child by a birthmark on her arm. However, before the black sorceress arrives to claim the child, Elora's mother convinces her reluctant midwife to escape with the baby. Willow, a timid farmer and aspiring sorcerer, is entrusted with delivering the royal infant from evil.
I'm afraid that Willow is destined to be seen as a Lord of the Rings knockoff and not given a chance to stand on its own merits. I can recognize that there are a number of similarities between the two, but both stories take from the Bible, and Arthurian and Norse legend, and Beowulf, and so on and so on. And since all of the above fall in line with Joseph Campbell's idea of the monomyth, just judge it own its own, okay?
Rewatching Willow was some of the most fun I've had in a while. I won't say a lot of it wasn't due to nostalgia, but it was also comforting that this movie I loved as a kid…
Gobdarnit, Willow holds up. Considering that the first and last time I watched it I wasn't much older than the baby in the picture, a lot of the qualities that worked for me now are nostalgia-based, mining those long dormant infant memories we all cherish. It is the sincerity of the adventure, the humor, the moments of horror and the simplicity of the quest that hold well to time. The age of irony today was not as thick-skinned as it was in the 80s, so there is an unmistakable innocence to it all that charms my socks off.
The biggest surprise has to be the acting. Surprisingly humanizing! Val Kilmer plays a hilarious Hon Solo. The little people are whimsical.…
This was one of the first films to totally immerse its viewers in a convincing fantasy setting. Of course, plotwise there's nothing new under the sun, but that's quite alright. It is fun, well made and really manages to give us a full fledged fantasy world any kid would want to live in.
For many people a childhood favourite and rightly so.
After all the blockbuster fantasy films we've been treated to in the past decade or so, part of me was thinking that returning to this film would be like watching a car crash through misty-eyed glasses. Well, that part of me was wrong. It didn't disappoint in the slightest.
Purchased the new Blu-ray release. Even though it's been about 20 years since I last saw it, it turns out I had a vivid recollection of watching it as a kid. And you know what? It totally holds up.
The locations are epic, it has plenty of old-fashioned swashbuckling action, and Val Kilmer is so F'in cool. The guy wears a dress for 20+ minutes of the movie and is STILL the man!
Ron Howard's fantasy film is a flawed but fun action adventure. It maybe set in your typical fantasy world and have a familiar fantasy story, but Willow manages to stay engaging for the most part.
Its lavish production has allowed Howard to do the genre justice. The effects may have dated, but the film still looks great due to the practical sets and excellent matte paintings. Howard and his production team have created a convincing fantasy realm, even if it isn't too original.
Howard's direction may not be dynamic, but his sweeping shots give the film a sense of grandeur befitting its fantasy setting. His handle on action scenes is sufficient enough to make them exciting. The touches of horror…
Such a fun movie! This is my first re-watch in a long time and I had a blast! I think what I love the most about it is that it seems so genuine. The performances are great, even Kevin Pollack as one of the annoying little brownies I found myself laughing at constantly. Although it is very light hearted and keeps you smiling it still manages to have its very dark moments as well. I remember being very freaked out when Bavmorda turns everyone into pigs! The practical effects are still very solid here but the other visual effects have aged a bit but none the less still impressive for an 80's film!
Fantasy adventure films have come a long way since the release of this film and unfortunately the shortcomings are even more evident as a result. There is some nice production design here and the film makes good use of its locations. Whilst the effects may well have dated, its the characters and performances that generally fail to convince, with the exception of Warwick Davis who throws himself wholeheartedly into the role of Willow and manages to make this watchable. Jean Marsh seems to be having a great time, but her role is minimal. The plot is predictable and rarely surprising and the film seems to take itself far too seriously, with some awful scriptwriting and leaden delivery of lines. Perhaps this is due to the attempts at comedy within the film which are never funny, with two "comedy" sidekicks proving to be particularly annoying and serving absolutely no other purpose to the film.
One question has plagued me for most of my life: How can I be Warwick Davis' biggest fan without ever having seen Willow? At the age of 25 I finally solved the answer to this dilemma by watching Willow, and yes Davis is fantastic. However, what really surprised me was just how damn good Val Kilmer is. The film is really rather funny (I'd be inclined to draw comparables to The Princess Bride (1987) but this is less self-aware) and the fantasy elements are implemented nicely. Sadly movies with this sort of charm just don't exist anymore - perhaps it has something to do with the special effects?
so i hadn't watched this movie in a LONG time and it had been so long that a lot of it felt brand new to me. interesting watching it, much like watching Dragonslayer or Excalibur now after LOTR has kinda written and closed the book on how to do film fantasy. this is mostly fun, little clunky here and there and in 1988, it has echoes of Star Wars past and future. Anyone else notice that the Brownies have the same weird accent as the prequel's Niemodians?
i feel like WILLOW is a lot like Warwick Davis' peformance. it means well, it's really sweet, a little funky but you can't hate it.
I first revisited Willow for the first time since I was a child when the film was recently released on blu-ray. I figured it was time to introduce my daughter to it and she enjoys the movie quite a bit and has watched it multiple times. I think Willow has aged pretty well and I still enjoy it today. That could be the nostalgia talking but I don't think so. The best part of the movie for me is Warwick Davis. It's not often that films take a chance and cast an actual little person in this type of role but they did here and the it was the right choice. In a film filled with several average performances he…
I remember watching this movie in the 80's and wanted to check it out with my boys again. It is a fantasy adventure flick with Val Kilmer as a swashbuckling ruffian who is asked to escort a dwarf and a baby through all kinds of danger to safety. I remember loving it and it was still fun 20 years later.
"Magic is the bloodstream of the universe. Forget all you know, or think you know. All that you require is your intuition."
This average fantasy adventure film, written by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard. Willow, could of been so much more. The film is technically fine great effects (for the time), good cinematography, and some decent acting. But is let down down by a poor story and for me lacks wonder and excitement.
The story follows Willow Ufgood who finds a baby, and must protect it from an evil Queen. The title character played by Warwick Davis is a character influenced from Tolkien novels, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, etc, and Davis gives an admirable effort. Val…
This was a slog. I remember seeing it as a kid, and not even really liking it then. But as an adult, I actually found myself annoyed at the derivativeness, and sometimes the sheer bloody minded rip-offs of other films and storys. Bits are OK, but most of it is boring. I just couldn't be bothered.
Κάθε χρόνο, στις 15/4, βλέπω μια ταινία που για κάποιο λόγο τη θεωρώ σημαντική στη ζωή μου. Φέτος, ήταν η χρονιά του Willow που ήταν ο Αρχοντας ημών των Νεάντερνταλ.