Friday, July 25, 2014

Willow (1988)

IMDb plot summary: A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.
Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Jean Marsh, and Joanne Whalley.

Well, this was silly. But it was kind of enjoyable. It's hard for me to judge fantasy movies, because as a whole I feel like they're depressingly (and weirdly) unimaginative, falling back on the same tropes and mythical creatures over and over again. (If you have an opportunity to make up a world all your own, why wouldn't you take advantage of that more?) And this does have a lot of that. The characters are familiar, the plot is familiar, and while there are one or two new creatures, a lot of them are pretty standard.

That being said, though, the execution is pretty fun. The characters may be stereotypes, but they're fairly likable stereotypes, and there's a tongue-in-cheek meta-awareness to the whole thing that is fun to watch. It's like a romantic comedy that has attractive actors but not an original thought in its entire film. I don't really know what to do with it. So... I didn't hate this, but I didn't love it either. Fans of fantasy movies will probably enjoy it a lot, so I have no problem recommending it.

2.5 stars.

Flickchart: #1156 out of 2182, below Swing Kids and above Cropsey.

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