Critic Consensus: State-of-the-art special effects and an appealing performance from Warwick Davis can't quite save Willow from its slow pace and generic story.
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as Willow Ufgood
as Queen Bavmorda
as Fin Raziel
as High Aldwin
as General Kael
as Vohnkar Warrior
as Vohnkar Warrior
as Elora Danan
as Elora Danan
as Nelwyn Villager
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Critic Reviews for Willow
If it evaporates from memory with the airiness of a bubble bath, at least it leaves a friendly glow and a sense of a magical world lovingly evoked.
There isn't a single major character in the film who is engaging.
Willow exchanges the high-tech gleam of the Star Wars universe for the low-tech look of a Tolkienesque world, but otherwise it's business as usual.
At the heart of this overproduced jumble you can still hear the faint beat of the simple story Lucas conceived about 15 years ago while researching Star Wars.
Willow is not without its charms -- the effects are more than special, the set-pieces suitably epic -- but it just doesn't fulfill the promise of certain other fantasy films.
Audience Reviews for Willow
Classic tale of good vs evil with great characters and creatures throughout. All the cast are likeable and fit perfectly into the story making the film quite humorous in places, the 'Brownies' and 'Madmardigan' especially hehe. The action is nice and not too brutal, brings back the feeling of old 'Errol Flynn' films in a way with swords, swashbuckling and the dashing hero. The main event in this film was the effects in the form of the cgi, first time used in a movie, looks cheesy now but it was state of the art back then. Tippet creatures are nice too with the old stop motion effects, they do look atad raggy these days and are obvious but it kinda harks back to good old fashioned Ray Harreyhausen fantasies. Probably the first big film for Val Kilmer this, he is good as the sort of anti hero turned complete hero, some nice dialog and visual gags, abit silly but hey. Also the first big lead role for UK born Star Wars star Warwick Davis who really does create quite a cult memorable character that is very likeable. Classic fantasy fluff and winner.
Adventure doesn't come any bigger than this. Well the idea of seeing it as an adult when I really wanted to see as a kid really failed! It was mostly boring at times although the end was the best thing of this movie. The story wasn't that interesting to me sadly. This movie actually was nominated for 2 Oscars even though it didn't won any so give it a shot if you like, maybe your experience will be different. In the dungeons of the castle of the evil Queen-sorceress Bavmorda, a prisoner gives birth to a child who, according to an ancient prophecy, will put an end to the reign of the Queen. A midwife saves the child from the wrath of Bavmorda, but is forced to throw her cradle in a river when reached by the Hounds of the Queen. The river brings the child near a village of nelwyns, and little Willow finds and adopts her. When the Hounds reach the village, Willow begins a difficult journey to bring the baby back to her people and to fulfill the prophecy.
|Willow Ufgood:||Don't call me a peck!|
|Madmartigan:||Oh, I'm sorry! Peck! Peck! Peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck!|
|High Aldwin:||Go in the direction the bird is flying!|
|Burglekutt Prefect:||It's going back to the village!|
|High Aldwin:||Ignore the bird. Follow the river.|
|Sorsha:||You lost your skirt.|
|Madmartigan:||I've still got what counts.|
|Willow Ufgood:||What are you giving her?|
|Madmartigan:||Just some blackroot.|
|Willow Ufgood:||Blackroot! Didn't you ever hear that you never ever give a baby blackroot?|