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Willow

Val Kilmer , Joanne Whalley , Ron Howard    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

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This epic Lucasfilm fantasy serves up enough magical adventure to satisfy fans of the genre, though it treads familiar territory. With abundant parallels to Star Wars, the story (by George Lucas) follows the exploits of the little farmer Willow (Warwick Davis), an aspiring sorcerer appointed to deliver an infant princess from the evil queen (Jean Marsh) to whom the child is a crucial threat. Val Kilmer plays the warrior who joins Willow's campaign with the evil queen's daughter (Joanne Whalley, who later married Kilmer). Impressive production values, stunning locations (in England, Wales, and New Zealand) and dazzling special effects energize the routine fantasy plot, which alternates between rousing action and cute sentiment while failing to engage the viewer's emotions. A parental warning is appropriate: director Ron Howard has a light touch aimed at younger viewers, but doesn't shy away from grisly swordplay and at least one monster (a wicked two-headed dragon) that could induce nightmares. --Jeff Shannon

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Un magnifique royaume gouverné par une méchante reine tyrannique et sans états d'âme, peuplé de créatures légendaires et mythiques (nains, trolls, lutins, elfes...) où croyances et sorcellerie sont monnaie courante ; un preux et viril guerrier (Val Kilmer), solitaire et sans attaches, dont la seule faiblesse reste son irréversible attirance pour la gent féminine ; un héros hors du commun (Warwick Davis) dont la grandeur d'âme est inversement proportionnelle à sa petite taille, chargé d'une quête féerique dont dépend la survie de tout un peuple... Tels sont les ingrédients de Willow, merveilleux conte fantastique écrit et produit par George Lucas en personne, et réalisé par Ron Howard dont on reconnaît aisément l'imagination débordante et l'originalité au travers d'un scénario dynamique et empreint d'humour, d'espièglerie, d'aventures et de rebondissements en tout genre. Au détour de quelques sermons bien américains - "écoute ton cœur", "aie confiance en toi et affirme ta différence", "ne laisse pas les autres te marcher dessus"... - ce chef-d'œuvre d'Heroïc Fantasy est un pur enchantement qui envoûtera les jeunes pousses et ravira leurs aînés adeptes du genre. Même s'il paraît flagrant que Willow ne peut soutenir la comparaison avec la magie ou les effets spéciaux ultra-modernes et sophistiqués d'un Seigneur des Anneaux ou d'un Harry Potter, le divertissement est au rendez-vous et l'alchimie fonctionne : on est sous le charme de cette magnifique fable. --Frédéric Thorens

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie March 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Ignore VIEWER FROM NJ folks.
Willow has all the components for a fantasy story: a fairly long journey, myth, legend, a band of varied heroes, a witch, a dragon, trolls, and brownies...action, adventure, humour, romance...
For the time when it was made, it is great; as time passes, all your favourite movies will seem slip backwards, from a technological point of view. You appreciate a movie for what it is.
And while VIEWER FROM NJ mentions THe Phantom Mencace, which I must agree was tardy from every stand point, except the effects, he or she does not appreciate Willow. It's not that the movie is bad as he/she states; they just can't appreciate it for what it is.
It is not on the same epic scale as Lord of the Rings in terms of the books and the movies (after all, Willow is 1 movie, not 3). And unlike what VIEWER FROM NJ stated about "You gotta have plot character and the mythic element of the hero for fantasy to work and to make great movies on the subject", Willow has it all then some (see first paragraph).
See this movie remembering whence it came. VIEWER FROM NJ does appreciate that fact; also he/she seems to be young since they praised LOTR, saw The Phantom Menace then asked if there was "CGI back then". This seems to be the norm, for the younger folk not to appreciate and respect the movies from the previous years that has paved the way for the great (and unfortunately, not-so-great) movies of today and tomorrow. The dragon was actually done using a method called stop-motion animation; not CGI. There was more worked involved in this method - actual (minitaure) models were used.
So ignoring VIEWER FROM NJ review, borrow Willow if you can; I'm pretty sure you'll want to own it afterwards. Also have a look at Neverending Story (The first one), The Princess Bride, Legend, and Krull.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Horrible Transfer April 2 2003
By Mike
Format:DVD
First off, this movie is excellent, you can see that from the 150 or so reviews. What really bugs me about this movie is that the DVD version has some serious flaws with the transfer from the original film. In the 'Escape from the Tavern' scene, there is a film scratch in the middle of the screen, from top to bottom, for about 30seconds. Elsewhere in the film you will find bubbles, hairs, and more of the scratching.
It took more than ten years for this to come out of OOP, you think when it did they would have it perfect. I find it funny how it says it has been digitially remastered for superior audio and visual quality. If this is superior visual quality, I'd hate to see what the non-special edition version of this movie would look like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made me a fantasy fan, at least of this one Jan. 29 2004
Format:DVD
I've always felt that fantasy is just not my genre. But now and then a film comes along and forces me to reconsider by opinions. Willow is one of those films, an epic by the Lucas film industry.
The plot is that there is an evil queen (of course), wonderfully played by Jean Marsh who needs to find the baby who will end her reign. Pregnant women are imprisoned, and their babies are inspected. But the midwife who delivers the precious and sacred baby spirits her from the castle and sets the child adrift on the river. She is found by Willow, a little person with a big heart, who sets out on a trek to return her to the Daikini, the big humans.
Adventures, dragons, evil, sorcerers, battles, and magic ensue, and it's all accompanied by beautiful scenery (English and Welsh countryside), wonderful acting, and Ron Howard, a great director. Plus, there's Val Kilmer to enjoy, so what's to complain about? Nothing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Willow the Sorceror April 2 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I love the movie, owned it on vhs, now the dvd. Excellent, I would recommend it to all whom love adventure movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Sept. 10 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Always knew it was a great movie, but on BlueRay, it was so much better.Saw details I never saw before.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WILLOWWWWW June 30 2003
Format:DVD
Following a stint as Opie Cunningham on the
controversial television show "Happy Days", Ron Howard
aimed for bigger things and decided to direct what
some have called "the best movie ever made ever." Yes,
I speak of Willow.
The Willowites are a special people who live by a
river. Their king, "Willow", travels the land with a witch-pig, a floating baby, a hot chick
whose name I forget, a Val Kilmer, and some other guy (with a beard).
There's fairies, violence, snowballs, dragons with testicularized jaws, villains everywhere. Fun for the whole
family. This is better than Lord of the Rings, Mazes
and Monsters, Time Bandits, and The Sound of Music -
combined! It's not better than The Princess Bride, but
they're in the same league.
...
This is the best movie ever made ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent fantasy movie May 12 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Willow Ufgood (Played by Warwick Davis) is a nelwyn (little people) farmer who aspires to being a good farmer, a good father, and (if possible) the village sorcerer's next apprentice. However when he finds a daikini (tall people/us) baby, his whole world is turned upside-down. This baby is Elora Danan, a child of prophecy, destined to be the end of the evil witch-queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh), and Bavmorda's army is looking for her. There's a destiny at work here, and Willow must see it through. But along the way he will find help in unexpected places, most unexpectedly in the form of Madmartigan (Val Kilmer), a rogue of rogues and self-proclaimed "greatest swordsman that ever lived."
This is a great story of swords and sorcery, good and evil. I thought that the battle scenes were very good, as was the magic. Heck, I even thought that the special effects were good. It's not The Lord of the Rings, but nothing else is. This is an excellent fantasy movie, one that you can sit down and watch with your whole family. It's got something for everyone - action, adventure, magic, romance and comedy. My children (a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old, who are both fans of The Lord of the Rings) both loved this movie, especially the brownies, who have to be seen to be believed. My family and I all highly recommend this movie to you.
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Published 5 months ago by darren woods
5.0 out of 5 stars willow
classic Sci-Fi directed by Ron Howard and produced by George Lucas ,takes you into the world of magic and mystery.
Published 7 months ago by Kealey Crossan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie!!
I love this movie and it's a rare gem from back in the days when George Lucas used to know how to make movies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeffrey Meinen
5.0 out of 5 stars Odie but a goodie
This is a great fantasy movie even know its an old one. if you want me to continue to fill out your surveys and want specific info put some work into it and supply multiple choice... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy, Action and Love
It's the classic tale of Good against Evil with the twist of a tyrant finding out his nemesis is coming for him/her. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marcel Prince
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy-action movie with a good message
Great for kids aged from Grade 5 to Grade 8
A movie that kids can watch on their own or with their parents who will find it entertaining, too. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Silvia B
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
It was a cute movie that reminded me somewhat of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. It was a good movie for the family to watch.
Published 11 months ago by Colleen F. Buksa
5.0 out of 5 stars Willow is wonderful
I have always enjoyed this movie, I think Jean Marsh is a genuinely scary villian, and I am glad she is not my mother!
Published 11 months ago by Dr. Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars souvenir d'enfance de mes enfants
tres plaisant de revoir Willow dans toute sa splendeur surtout que ce fut le film preferer de mes enfants,livraison rapide.
Published 12 months ago by rickduff
5.0 out of 5 stars Willow
This story has not lost any of its appeal. I have watched it at least three times since I bought it recently. Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. E. Kaye
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