the original movie
After its release, the film directed by Ron Howard (apollo 13) did not achieve the expected success. However, his special effects were innovative for their time and, like other fantastic works of those years: The endless story (1984), Legend (1985), Labyrinth (1986)-, Willow He is loved by a generation. It tells the story of aspiring magician Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis), a Nelwyn, a town of small people, who comes across an orphaned baby. The village sage orders it to be returned to the tall men, the Daikinis. During his expedition, Willow learns that the infant is Elora Danan, who, according to the prophecy, is the one who will end the terrible reign of the queen of Nockmaar, Bavmorda. She also meets the intrepid Madmartigan and Bavmorda’s daughter Sorsha, played by Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley respectively.
The creation of the series.
Willow’s comeback came true on the film set. Alone: A Star Wars Story, about five years ago. Ron Howard was in the director’s chair, Warwick Davis had a small role there, Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan were co-writers, and then George Lucas would visit the crew from time to time. Fan Willow Since his youth, Jonathan Kasdan has used the presence of his heroes to express his desire to create new adventures for the likeable Nelwyn. “It all happened very fast, by Hollywood standards,” Warwick Davis said during a virtual press conference in which Press has attended Without realizing I was in Wales on the first day of shooting, again in the shoes of Willow, but a little older, more mature, prettier and sexier. »
The events of the series take place fifteen years after the film. From her town, Willow, now a true wizard, senses that a new threat is about to arise. She goes to the kingdom of Tir Asleen where we find Sorsha, now queen and still played by Joanne Whalley. Willow can’t convince her that the time has come to reveal who Elora Danan really is and then teach her magic so she can exterminate the forces of evil once and for all. Back home, Willow is visited by a small group of Tir Asleen who asks for her help in finding the queen’s son who has just been kidnapped by monsters on the orders of the evil Crone.
the new characters
Let’s start with the kidnapped prince, Airk (Dempsey Bryk), who seems only interested in the privileges of being a royal boy, without any of the responsibilities. His sister, Kit (Ruby Cruz), doesn’t particularly like life at court and dreams of adventure. The princess also leads the group in search of her brother. She is supported by her best friend Jade (Erin Kellyman), a knight in the making. Prince Graydon (Tony Revolori), who is promised to Kit to unite two kingdoms, is also on the mission. Boorman (Amar Chadha-Patel) is the only true warrior in the delegation. The queen’s prisoner, he hopes to gain his freedom by ensuring the protection of the young squad. Airk’s lover Dove (Ellie Bamber), who is a baker at Tir Asleen, also followed the group uninvited.
In a press conference, Jonathan Kasdan indicated that “the challenge is to walk the line between what is familiar and satisfying for fans and then try to go further by telling a surprising and unexpected story.” After watching seven of the eight episodes, we can say that the challenge is partially fulfilled. The further the series progresses, the more interest it gains thanks, among other things, to good chemistry between the characters, effective action scenes, and an engaging plot. Humor does not always work, rather it is rather the weakness of certain dialogues that is tearing. Sometimes we approach the quality of Lord of the Ringsbut it often feels like Dawson’s Creek – from what Kasdan has already written. Willow it might appeal to a family audience, but in our eyes it’s too violent for young children. Whether the teens in the series will appeal to those in front of the screen remains to be seen.
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