Willow - Val Kilmer 1988
Nederlandse ondertiteling bijgesloten (.srt)
Dutch subs included (.srt)
1280 x 352 **** /x.264/AC3/ 7.1/10 / Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 9 nominations / Madmartigan: Well, it stinks! This whole thing stinks!
Avontuur / Fantasy
geregisseerd door Ron Howard
met Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer en Joanne Whalley
In de kerkers van het kasteel van de boze tovenares Bavmorda geeft een gevangene geboorte aan een baby, die volgens de legendes een eind zal brengen aan de duistere tijden van de slechte koningin. Een vroedvrouw redt de baby van Bavmorda en zet het nog net op tijd in de rivier voordat de honden van de koningin haar te pakken krijgen. De rivier neemt het kind mee naar een dwergendorp waar Willow de baby vindt. Vanaf dat moment begint er een groots avontuur voor de kleine dwerg.
Willow - Val Kilmer 1988
Willow, a small farmer/apprentice magician, meets Madmartigan, a great swordsman, and together they journey through a war-torn land of magic and monsters, to save a baby princess from death at the hands of an evil queen.
A very well done fantasy flick - 5 December 2006
Being a university history major, trained to examine documents and videos for hidden meanings, and imbued with a skeptical and analytical mind, one might expect that someone like me wouldn't appreciate this kind of film. It's one dimensional, it plays on typical fantasy stereotypes, and it doesn't really have anything that previous fantasy films didn't except for... style.
Yes, I consider this a stylish film. Mostly because even after 'growing up', I can still watch this film and be as wrapped up in the story and characters as I was when I was a little boy. It's formulaic plot and generally one-dimensional characters are a large part of that reason - the film makes no pretensions of being something it isn't. It's honest, a quality lacking in so very many films these days which seem to be produced only to suit the latest fashion.
The characters are all well acted - there's no ham acting to be found here in my opinion. Clearly, the actors had fun with the roles and gave them as much life as they could. Madmartigan is man with a dark past, clearly an anti-hero redeemed by the end of the film. Airk, the 'good' general is everything one expects in a 'knight in shining armor' - chivalrous, dedicated, brave. Bavmorda is the quintessential 'wicked witch', scheming, maniacal, obsessed with power. It is these characters that play so well into the average person's conception of fantasy fare that is precisely what makes the film a success - it entertains us because it knows what we like, and what we expect to see, and then delivers it with action and a bombastic musical score.
Critics panned it for being unoriginal, but being original wasn't the point of this movie. The point was to entertain, to make us thrill to a tale of high adventure of dragons, of far away lands, of swords and sorcery. On this account, no other fantasy film (with the possible exception of Conan the Barbarian) has ever done this so exceedingly well.