When you’re browsing through your media library, movies usually fall into one of two categories: “Eh, whatever” or “Okay, I definitely need to make time to watch this soon”. Willow fell into that second category for me, although at first, I wasn’t sure why. I hadn’t seen the movie for over a decade before my most recent viewing, even though it was a staple of my childhood. Nostalgia is usually a powerful motivator, but even so, how well can you remember a movie from 10+ years ago? If you’re like me, then you really can’t. However, even when I was younger and didn’t know a thing about film making, I still had an appreciation for the grandness that is Willow.
In fact, being able to watch this again, so many years later, feels like a new epic experience altogether. And who knows? Maybe, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Willow could have been just as successful as Star Wars. I say that because George Lucas’ fingerprints are all over this movie, and it shows through the incredible world building. By the end of the movie, all I could think about was how many more stories could be told in this world! It’s purely by coincidence that my revelation comes on the heels of the Willow TV series news. Or is it? I’m usually the last one to get on board with remakes/reboots, but if I keep that mentality, I probably won’t be watching too many “new” movies in the future. Note the quotes around new. I’ll get on board for the reboots, but I intend to be salty about it. In any event, I think Willow has enough foundation to truly benefit from the reboot treatment. I mean, just let me recap some components of the movie: Magic, Castles, Little People, Little Little People, Dragon Monster, Armies, Sword Masters, Trolls and the list goes on. George Lucas created a vast world with Willow and it’s somewhere I won’t mind revisiting.
The last thing I’ll mention is that the score in this movie is gorgeous. So much so, that I felt compelled to do a little IMDb research after the credits. Willow is scored by the late James Horner, a brilliant composer indeed. You’ve probably heard his work before in movies such as: Aliens, Titanic or even Avatar. Like I said, brilliant. Definitely check this movie out if you haven’t already. Happy Watching. “Courage, Willow!”