Do We Really Need More ‘Willow’?
Ron Howard not too long ago confirmed that he’s growing a sequence for Disney+ based mostly on the 1988 fantasy movie Willow, which he created with George Lucas. Science fiction writer Tom Gerencer was shocked to see Willow return, given the reception to the unique movie.
“It wasn’t quite up to Star Wars standards,” Gerencer says in Episode 406 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “I wasn’t 100 percent in love with it, but I didn’t think it was completely awful either.”
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley agrees that Willow is satisfying in some methods, however notes that it doesn’t show a lot in the best way of creativeness.
“Star Wars draws on Flash Gordon, samurai movies, Westerns, and a bunch of other stuff,” he says. “I really feel like Willow just about simply attracts on Lord of the Rings and Conan the Barbarian. I really feel like George Lucas wasn’t as educated about—or perhaps as captivated with—fantasy.”
The Disney+ sequence isn’t the primary try and proceed the story of Willow. There’s additionally the Chronicles of the Shadow War books, written by George Lucas and Chris Claremont. Film critic Andrea Kail wasn’t impressed by the sequence. “I bought one,” she says. “I remember buying it, and being completely bored. That was it. I got a couple of chapters in, and I’m like, ‘And … done.’”
But science fiction writer Matthew Kressel says he’d give the brand new Willow an opportunity. “I would check out the Disney+ series, just one or two episodes, because I think there’s an interesting world there,” he says. “Yeah it’s a Lord of the Rings ripoff, however I’d test it out. I used to be entertained sufficient by the film that I’d be curious to see what they do with it.”
Listen to the entire interview with Tom Gerencer, Andrea Kail, and Matthew Kressel in Episode 406 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And try some highlights from the dialogue under.
Tom Gerencer on expectations:
“In 1988 I had just graduated from high school, and I was like, ‘Oh sweet. George Lucas is done with Star Wars. He’s going into fantasy. He’s going to show us this movie.’ I knew all the hype leading up to it. I knew he could have done another Star Wars movie—that he had this idea for nine movies total, that the next ones were going to be prequels—and I was like, ‘Why isn’t he doing the prequels? Why is he doing this movie? I don’t know, let me go watch this thing and find out what it is. Maybe this will be really cool.’ So I went and watched it, and I remember sitting in the theater and going, ‘This is kind of cool, I guess. But really? He did this instead of another Star Wars movie? I guess he needed a break.’ That was the impression that I had then.”
Matthew Kressel on humor:
“I bear in mind Willow being on HBO each different hour. I imply, it was at all times, at all times on. It received to the purpose the place I simply began hating this film, as a result of it was on a lot. … My least favourite half was the brownies—Kevin Pollak and Rick Overton. There’d be scenes that have been emotionally affecting or thrilling, then they’d are available in and do that silly little joke, and I’m like, ‘Oh shut up. Just get out of the scene.’ So I may have accomplished with out them. And it was positively a Lord of the Rings ripoff—the brownies are principally Merry and Pippin. I do like Val Kilmer‘s swagger in this. When I saw it as a kid, I didn’t fairly choose up on the humor, and now after I’m watching it, I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, he’s simply fully enjoying this over-the-top,’ and I actually loved that.”
David Barr Kirtley on Fin Raziel:
“There’s this character Fin Raziel, who’s the good wizard, and she’s been turned into some sort of small mammal. And she gets turned into different animals throughout the movie, but she tells them that her true form is a beautiful young woman. And then when Willow turns her back into a human, she’s an old lady. And there’s something really memorable and poignant about that to me, that you got turned into an animal, and you think, ‘Oh, if I can just get turned back into a human, it’ll be like it was, and I’ll be powerful.’ And then you’re like, ‘Wait, I didn’t realize it had been so long, and my whole life went by while I was an animal on this island.’”
David Barr Kirtley on Warwick Davis:
“This was the first movie that I ever watched the DVD commentary for. It’s actually Warwick Davis doing the commentary, and it’s great. He’s really, really into it, really passionate about it. The thing that’s always stuck out in my mind is he was saying that since this was before CGI, there’s the scene where the army rides by—when he’s trying to give the baby away, near the beginning of the movie. And he’s like, ‘That was a real army. We didn’t duplicate people. There was this actual army that rode by me, and it was so amazing to see.’ And that it helps your acting so much, because it’s not like there’s a tennis ball and you’re like, ‘That’s an army.’ There’s an actual army riding past you.”