Okay, I apologize for the delay; due to Netflix throttling my queue a bit, the postal service blowing and the start of playoff hockey I’ve been delayed a bit in geting these up.
I really enjoyed Willow! I did, I really did…it’s just – it’s Star Wars but not.
I actually had to go back and look at the credits to make sure I wasn’t making stuff up; sure enough, the story is by George Lucas, so there you go. You’ve got all the Star Wars characters represented in their various roles; Madmartigan is totally the medieval Han Solo, that’s for sure. Sorsha, the queen’s daughter, is the 13th century version of Leia, as well.
The movie’s a cross between Lord of the Rings and Star Wars but even then, it works and it stands on it’s own. The story is of a Nelwyn, Willow, who finds a baby and is entrusted by his people to take it to it’s own kind, far away from their village. Unbeknownst to little Willow, that baby’s really important for an evil queen; in order to continue her rule, the baby must be destroyed. Thus a varied cast of characters comes together to either protect the baby or steal it.
I liked Willow well enough. I’d probably never buy it to add it permanently to my DVD collection, but it’s got good moments and bad moments; the special effects obviously haven’t withstood the test of time, but it’s great to see people like Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley early on in their careers. I thoroughly enjoyed it, sitting on my couch with a bowl of popcorn. The Brownies are probably the funniest of the bunch and everyone does a pretty good job.
I’d definitely rewatch it in a few months or a year.
(I apologize for the lack of the picture, but WordPress decided it didn’t want to upload my cover image correctly. Oops!)