Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Movie Moments: #99


Willow (1988)

Long before Harry Potter and before Merlin, before CGI and 3D, there was . . . Willow.  A delightful sword and sorcery movie that appeals to both kids and adults, at least it does to this adult.  I especially like the scenes with the Brownies.  Another plus is that the film was directed by Ron Howard and produced/co-written by George Lucas.  An E . .  for excellent entertainment.

Willow, a . . . (what is the PC term for a dwarf these days?) . . farmer and apprentice sorcerer is recruited to save a baby who is the fulfilment of a prophecy about the defeat of an evil Queen.  With swordsman Madmartigan, they travel through a land of monsters and magic, eventually confronting the evil.

Warwick Davies, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley

High Aldwin:  [throws an apple into the air which turns into a bird] Go in the direction the bird is flying!
Burgelcutt:  He's going back to village!
High Aldwin:  Ignore the bird. Follow the river.

Movie trailer:
After meeting on the set of this film, Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley were married (but later divorced).
This was the first feature film to use the "morphing" process developed by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

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