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I’ve always had a soft spot for Willow and don’t think it deserves the bad rap it got and continues to have. If it does make it to TV then they better keep the late James Horner’s great theme.

 

 

Fun fact, there was a Willow sequel novel.

 

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I know because I bought the damn thing. George Lucas (remember this was before the prequels) and Chris Claremont of X-Men fame! How could it possibly be bad? It was of the most wretchedly awful novels I’ve ever read. They may have published more books in the series. I don’t know one was enough for me.

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When a studio is starting up a new channel and is desperate for new content, any old shit gets green lit, apparently.

 

Sorry, but the only people who could think Willow was an '80's classic' must have been between the ages of 5 & 8 at the time of seeing it. For everyone else it was a mediocre, by the numbers fantasy movie that nobody took much notice of at the time.

 

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Willow sits alongside The Goonies for me as one of those films that even now at the age of 37 I could watch on a loop and never get bored. Val Kilmers Madmartigan was and still is an absolute legendary character. As a child I thought his name was Mardigan and everyone just thought he was off his nut so called him Mad aswell. Hence my first and only gamertag all those years ago was created, as I had just finished watching Willow (again) and it jumped right out at at me. His full name was too long but the mistaken name I gave him as a kid, yeah that was perfect :lol:

 

So the film can do no wrong in my eyes but a TV show based no doubt loosely on that legendary world and characters, I have no idea how that would work.

 

”Mumbo, Jumbo, I am hungry... go get me some eggs or something!”

”We are NOT afraid of you!”

”NOW!!”

”AAAAHHHHHHHHH!!”

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Apologies if there's another thread for this:

 

 

 

This actually looks pretty good! I mean, it looks like it should be a fun ride with less of the recent shades of grey that seemingly all TV fantasy needs to do to prove it's for adult consumption.

 

Honestly, whilst I'm fine with higher brow fiction I'm equally happy for something to have goodies and baddies and a few cool monsters in the mix.

 

 

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The only thing I worry about is that it takes itself too seriously. Part of the appeal of the original was the comedic aspect with Willow being completely out of his depth, only succeeding because he joined up with a memorable cast cast of side characters. Obviously he’s got older / wiser now but hopefully it’s still leaning toward not taking itself too seriously. 

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12 hours ago, JoeK said:

Apologies if there's another thread for this:

 

 

 

This actually looks pretty good! I mean, it looks like it should be a fun ride with less of the recent shades of grey that seemingly all TV fantasy needs to do to prove it's for adult consumption.

 

Honestly, whilst I'm fine with higher brow fiction I'm equally happy for something to have goodies and baddies and a few cool monsters in the mix.

 

 

 

exactly - I want a programme with the fantasy of Game of Thrones or The Witcher but one I can watch with my kids without worrying about some sudden gratuitous shagging scene for no reason.

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My Gamertag and online avatar has been based on the legendary Matmardigan since I first set up my Xbox profile all those years ago. As a kid and then growing up watching the movie over and and over and over I thought his name was Mad Mardigan because, well he is :) hence the shorter name I used. So yeah I’m kinda invested in this and think it looks fantastic.

 

They will never recreate the magic and chemistry that Kilmer and Davis had but I am confident this will be a worthy follow up to what is one of the greatest fantasy movies of all time!

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I remember watching Willow when I was young when it was on ITV. I admit it was OK, but I preferred Legend and Labyrinth with the use of more mythical creatures and monsters which I think Willow lacked. Need to watch the original again to refresh now before watching the TV series.

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On 27/05/2022 at 10:56, MardiganX said:

My Gamertag and online avatar has been based on the legendary Matmardigan since I first set up my Xbox profile all those years ago. As a kid and then growing up watching the movie over and and over and over I thought his name was Mad Mardigan because, well he is :) hence the shorter name I used. So yeah I’m kinda invested in this and think it looks fantastic.

 

They will never recreate the magic and chemistry that Kilmer and Davis had but I am confident this will be a worthy follow up to what is one of the greatest fantasy movies of all time!

 

Its time. 

 

Locktwarr danelora, Luatha danu, tuatha tuatha, chnox danu

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This was lovely. There are moments where the exposition

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especially in the flashbacks

goes on just a little bit too long but overall a solid start.

 

It feels like it could have done with at least one more episode as part of the launch given the amount of foundation building going on in episodes 1 and 2, but really looking forward next week.

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I did really enjoy the first two episodes, but... and I hate to say it, I agree with a Guardian review which states everything was great up until the point when Warwick showed up. I found his acting (at least initially) pretty ropey, but he did seem to improve and loosen up a bit as things progressed. I guess it was because the other actors seemed so relaxed into their roles, it was a bit jarring. Not that you can really judge acting based on any first episodes (case in point the first episode of TNG). Still, it has definitely kept me interested which is a lot more than some fantasy series I've watched recently. Looking forward to the new episodes when they arrive.

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Can't disagree but the odd thing is he's not consistently bad. When they want him to be sarcastic and talk normal it's all good. 

 

Then he has to spout the lines or foreboding and typical rote fantasy gubbins and it just sound and looks like he's reading to you and there's no acting at all going on. 

 

But yes it's sti good telly. 

 

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4 hours ago, cassidy said:

Then he has to spout the lines or foreboding and typical rote fantasy gubbins and it just sound and looks like he's reading to you and there's no acting at all going on.


It sounds like he’s doing a Thornton Reed impression during those bits, which is why the acting seems bad.

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