Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Jean Marsh, Patricia Hayes, Billy
1988, 110 Minutes, Directed by: Ron Howard
Collaborative effort between George (Star Wars, Raiders
of the Lost Ark) Lucas and Ron (Cocoon) Howard.
An eclectic bunch of elements is thrown into the stewing pot -
much like what Lucas did with Star Wars. Val Kilmer as the
hero looks like Conan the
Barbarian but acts
like a clumsy Han Solo; the chief Villainess looks like a
real-life version of the evil queen in Disney's Snow White;
the chief baddy looks like Darth Vader. Willow is well, a Hobbit.
There are even some fairies like Tinkerbell. The plot involves a
mythical messiah who will rid the land of the despotic queen's
rule. All the first-born are summarily killed, except for the
messiah-like figure who is set loose in a cane basket to float
down a river and . . . well, you've got enough unobtrusive
Biblical imagery to go around.
problem is that Lucas can't do for Willow what he did for Star
Wars. While there's a lot of action and laughs to keep the
kids safely entertained for the film's rather long running time,
the thing is that we've seen this sort of thing before and it
just can't beat Star Wars' freshness. But maybe that's an
issue of chronology and not necessarily the film's fault . . .