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With: Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, Billy Barty, Tony Cox, Kevin Pollak
Written by: Bob Dolman, based on a story by George Lucas
Directed by: Ron Howard
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 126
Date: 05/20/1988

Willow (1988)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Tall Tales

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This solid three-star adventure provides the missing link between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. George Lucas supplied the story and Ron Howard the direction for this tale of Willow (Warwick Davis), the little adventurer who protects a special baby from an evil queen. Val Kilmer co-stars as a cocky, full-sized warrior. Howard adds human qualities to Lucas' cut-out characters and tones down the annoying sidekicks, the nine-inch tall Brownies, which are clearly evolved from R2-D2 and C-3PO and precursors to Jar-Jar Binks. Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley fell in love during the making of this film. Legendary little person actor Billy Barty also stars.

DVD Details: Davis provides a delightful commentary track, and the disc includes a vintage making-of documentary as well as a new one about the invention of "morphing" (underlining Lucas' predilection with technology again). Fox's 2.35:1 widescreen transfer is truly wonderful.

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