Disney Plus recently announced a new TV show based on Ron Howard’s 1988 flick Willow — the goofy yet sentimental pre-Lord of the Rings Lucasfilm fantasy starring Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer. The announcement is here.
I‘m cool with a Willow revival. Especially if they get Davis back on board. He and his son Harrison played the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them Ewok cameos in Rise of Skywalker in late 2019. I may not love Ewoks, but Warwick Davis seems game for anything at any time, and I’ve always been a Willow fan. It’s a guilty pleasure. If you’re having a bitch of a day, put Willow on your TV. As Val Kilmer’s Madmartigan says, you’ll “feel BETTER!”
Willow is damn fun and full of fantastic quotes. It’s goofy, pleasant, charming, and is as close to a live action Lord of the Rings that ever happened before Peter Jackson and New Zealand came along to show us how it’s done. It’s got Hobbits and The Shire and swordfights and trolls and dragons and wizards and everything!
Willow may not be one of the best movies ever, but it’s just too enjoyable to forget. Remember, in that era, the finest feature fantasy films were all a bit silly or lightweight anyway. Look at The Princess Bride, LadyHawke, Highlander, Labyrinth, Goonies, The Dark Crystal, and The Never Ending Story. Willow is a cult classic and my favorite Val Kilmer role. The scenery, sets, and soundtrack (by James Horner, even) are perfect for a small-scale early epic fantasy. Love it, love it. If you don’t remember this film, go back and enjoy it anew.
Movie Grade: A
Top 15 Willow quotes I still love and sometimes use:
Forget all you know, or think you know.
Don’t go near it. You don’t know where it’s been.
The bones tell me…nothing.
I miss you already.
No, don’t…! There’s a Peck…with an acorn pointed at me!
I stole the bay-beee!
You are mine to toy with….
We go THAT WAY!
Don’t call me a Peck! / Oh, I’m sorry. Peck Peck Peck Peck Peck!
Ignore the bird! Follow the river!
It went away? I dwell in darkness without you and it went away?
You are crawling with Brownies!
Let me do that. Get away, rodents!
And here is the full length movie on You Tube for free: Catch it before Lucasfilm moves all copies to their paid Disney+ premium channel:
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