Hold onto your magical acorns, because Willow is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Katherin the Great.
Review in a Nutshell: Although the story-line is pretty generic “high fantasy”, Willow holds up surprisingly well to a modern viewing thanks in no small part to the performances of its many actors (especially Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, and Jean Marsh) and its high production values.
I didn’t like WILLOW much at all – well, except for Val Kilmer’s Mad Martigan, who was like a cross between Han Solo and Kevin Kline’s The Pirate King in the early Eighties THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE! 🙂
The issue with fantasy at the box office is that the successful films you cite are only “fantasy” in the broadest sense. Avatar? Flying helicopter things and spaceships, that’s sci-fi! Twilight? Werewolves and vampires, that’s horror! Avengers and Batman? Superheroes, that’s, um, superheroes?
Most people’s idea of “fantasy” is basically Conan–or “Once Upon A Time” from TV these days.
A couple things about what you and Katherin discussed:
– The Goblin King tells Sarah at the end of LABYRINTH that his reason he’s done what he did was for her:
“Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for *you*! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations. Isn’t that generous? …Everything I’ve done, I’ve done for you.”
– As for Why Would The Evil Queen Invade Everything In Sight, Paul? The same reason countries always invade each other – land and resources. Oh, and if you have a huge army, you have to do something with it, or it turns on you! Look at what happened after WWII – we’d mobilized so much of our country to fight the Nazis that we had a huge military, and a huge defense infrastructure that had a hand in pulling us out of The Great Depression…and nobody to fight except Stallin, who also had mobilized a huge army, and built a huge defense infrastructure that pulled the USSR out of The Great Depression! Can you think of what else those two countries can throw into a deep hole to keep everyone working together…?
Oh my, Willow… I probably watched this dozens of times in my early teen years. So much so that when I finally watched it a few years ago, I could still recite most of the dialogue from memory, even having not seen it for at least 15 years.
I also wanted to mention that whatever Madmartigan was doing to woo Sorsha must’ve worked in real life because Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley ended up getting married later that year (…and eventually divorced).
Upstairs/Downstairs is one the great TV shows. You owe it to yourself to watch. Everything you’ve heard praised and raved about Downton Abbey was done first and done much better on Upstairs/Downstairs.
While I never had to play the score to Willow in marching band, I did once watch a competition where it was played and the crowd I was with went nuts for it.
Interesting coincidence to see a mention of “Masters of the Universe” here. Another podcast I follow just talked about that last week!