George Lucas is best known for producing the Star Wars films. It turns out that he also produced Willow, an epic fantasy movie that stars Warwick Davis as Willow Ufgood, an amateur sorcerer, who goes on the adventure of a lifetime.
On a side note: Warwick Davis has made appearances at Star Wars weekends in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here he is at one of the parades back in 2006.
In a village of dwarfs, a human baby named Elora arrives. Since Willow was the one who found it, the village counsel decides to send him and a few other dwarves to take Elora back to the outer world. Special note: In this movie, dwarves are called Nelwyns and humans are called Daikinis.
Meanwhile, the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) wants the baby too because there’s a prophecy that it will be the queen’s downfall.
The first human Willow and the others find is Madmortigan (Val Kilmer) the human swordsman and he is hilarious. It takes awhile, but Willow trusts him to take care of the baby. Unfortunately, the adventure doesn’t end there. The fairies and brownies tell Willow to find Raziel (Patricia Hayes) the sorceress. It’s seems like Willow is in over his head now, especially since most of the other dwarves deserted him.
As two of the brownies lead Willow on his quest, they find Madmortigan once again, this time disguised as a woman. It seems like he’s always getting into some kind of trouble, doesn’t it.
Willow soon finds Raziel, but Bavmorda had transformed her into a possum. Although Willow has Raziel’s wand, which will return her to normal, he has no idea how to use it. If that weren’t enough, Bavmorda’s forces, including her daughter Sorsha (Joanne Whalley) capture them all.
Sorsha is a wicked warrior. Thanks to the Brownies’ love dust, Madmartigan falls in love with her, but Sorsha knows better than to give into temptation, or does she?
After Raziel leads Willow and Madmortigan to Terracelee, they’re left to face an army of soldiers, led by General Kael (Pat Roach) a very fearsome warrior. I mostly see it that way for the skull mask he wears. Where do you suppose he got it?
Unfortunately, a couple of trolls arrive to stir up trouble, especially after Willow accidentally turns one of them into a giant two-headed fire-breathing monster.
Luckily, another army comes to the rescue, but Kael captures Elora in all the chaos. Now Willow, Madmortigan, Raziel, and the good army head over to Bavmorda’s castle in Nockmaar to rescue her. Bavmorda won’t be easy to stop though. She’s as powerful as Salloman from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, if not worse.
These are are some of my classic Willow action figures.
This was a good movie filled with adventure, excitement, and humor. I couldn’t help but think about how hilarious some of Elora’s expressions were in the close ups throughout the film, even when there’s a dangerous situation happening near her.