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4.0 out of 5 stars
The Magic Started Here . . ., 30 July 2002
Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) is a trainee magician in a race of little people, known by ordinary humans as 'pecks'. One day his two children find an abandoned baby by the river, floating in a bed of reeds, however, little does Willow know that this is the child destined to change the world and his own life.
Willow is set the task of returning the child to her own people, and along the way is caught up in the ultimate battle between good and evil. He battles trolls, monsters and the evil Queen Bavmorder (Jean Marsh). However, he doesn't do this alone, future real-life Hollywood couple Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley help him along the way with their swash-buckling skills and romantic interest in one another.
This is a Lucasfilm in every sense. The story is written by George Lucas and acts as a confirmation of the characters realised in the 'Star Wars Trilogy': Warwick Davis, who plays Willow, actually played one of the Ewoks in 'Return of the Jedi', Val Kilmer is a new Han Solo while Joanne Whalley is the feisty princess. The mechanics between these characters is an echo of Lucas's previous work.
The atmospheric music and direction by ex 'Happy Days' star Ron Howard, make this film an ideal precursor to the likes of 'The Lord of the Rings' and other fantasy films inspired by magic, the endless struggle between good and evil and the fascination we seem to have with trolls and clans of little folk!
It won't surprise anyone when I say that this film has a happy ending, but there are a few unexpected happenings along the way. For instance, have you ever seen an army of Pigs before . . .?!?