Though Willow was one of director Ron Howard's few box-office disappointments, it definitely deserves a second look. At once an epic celebration and a gentle spoof of the sword-and-sorcery genre, the film concerns the efforts by little person Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) to protect a sacred infant from the machinations of a wicked queen (Jean Marsh). One source book has assessed the picture as a combination of The Ten Commandments and Snow White. This is true enough, except that neither one of those properties offered such offbeat casting choices as Billy Barty and Jean Marsh. Executive producer George Lucas has (through the conduit of screenwriter Bob Dolman) added elements of his own Star Wars saga to the stew. The results are generally satisfactory, though the film is sometimes weighed down by too much plot, and the action sequences may not be suitable for very young children. Incidentally, this is the film where co-star Val Kilmer met his future wife Joanne Whalley. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
What can I say? Five stars just isn't enough. This has to be the best fantasy movie ever made. George Lucas, the master story teller really takes us on quite a journey here. Begining in the little village where Willow and the small people live, through the journey, encountering fairys, creatures, and colorful characters, to the final showdown with the evil queen herself, .
The special effects, and scenery are amazing, a true masterpiece. Treat yourself, and your family. Rent this film (or buy it like I did), get comfortable, and enjoy.