The ‘Willow’ Disney Plus TV Show Is A Disgusting

sorry to report but Willow-The Disney Plus TV sequel to the 1988 movie of the same name is disgusting. neck and neck Rings of Power, She-Hulk and Fear the Walking Dead For my award for Worst TV Show of 2022. The only reason I’m not sure is because all 8 episodes haven’t been released yet.

I was looking forward to this show. Something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid – a sequel or show. Willow it is one of my favorite movies of all time.

Whatever it is—this is crappy, badly written, badly played, cheap imitation—it’s not. Willow. Even Warwick Davis seems to have lost his spark.

I’ve tried. I really tried to cast doubt on this show. Even though the opening episodes were red with red flags, I wanted to believe it. I wanted to focus on the positive and did so as much as I could in my review of the first two episodes; In episode 3, my patience was at its limit. I haven’t even reviewed Chapter 4 because I almost gave up completely.

No TV show or movie has disappointed me this much since I left the cinema after watching it. Ghost Threat in 1999. At that time, my heart was not yet broken. I’m so excited for the new one Star wars film. I thought it would be just as magical as the original trilogy. I didn’t know how much George Lucas would screw everything up. I remember leaving the movie theater more confused than anything else. What did we just watch? Why did I hold my bladder all the way? I had to go to the bathroom in one of the Jar Jar Binks scenes!

While people compare them favorably with the sequel trilogy, I know the prequels have a moment of redemption of sorts. Whatever you say about sequels, you’ll never be able to convince me that prequels are anything that even remotely resembles decent movies. But that’s a story for another time.

Willow It feels more like a teen drama than an epic fantasy on Disney Plus. Cheap costumes, deeply embarrassing dialogue between characters who may be living in Los Angeles in 2022, and a terrifying plot all combine to make this almost unwatchable. Instead of the awesome, catchy James Horner music, add modern rock—which was played on two different stages this week, not just during the end credits!—and I’m not sure if I’m angry or upset. Or I’m just confused.

Watch Willow, I feel like 18 years old after watching it Ghost Threat first time, not fully understanding how the man who created it Star wars He could have misunderstood what made him totally great. Here we have showrunner and writer Jonathan Kasdan (OG’s son). Star wars Trilogy writer Lawrence Kasdan, who claims to be gigantic) Willow admired and seems to have no idea what it is made of Willow Good.

Tone is the biggest issue. I could ignore the bad costumes and the lackluster story, if only Willow old. People who defend the show say that the movie is also generally funny and doesn’t take itself too seriously, but this misses the point. The tone of the movie was balanced. The darkness of the story about a demon queen who kills babies to avoid a prophecy is balanced against humor, courage, and friendship.

Show only. . . cheesy

At one point in Episode 5, Elora is cooking soup with Cherlindrea’s wand and Willow tells her to return her wand. “Oh, you’re such a father,” she replied. (Previously, he wanted to use the wand to get the stick out of Willow’s butt. Mhm).

Now compare that to the black root scene from the movie. Willow film. Willow is enraged when she sees Madmartigan giving baby Elora Danan some black roots. “I’m a father of two,” she says angrily, “and you would never give a baby black roots!”

“Mom raised us with black root,” Madmartigan replied, before turning to the baby she was openly in love with. “It’s good for you. It’s putting hair on your chest, isn’t it sticking out?”

“His name isn’t Sticks,” Willow said angrily. She is Elora Danan, the future empress of Tir Asleen, and the last thing she wants is a hairy chest!” She takes the blackroot and throws it into the pool at the bottom of the waterfall, and storms break out.

“Did you see what he did?” Madmartigan says to Elora. “He took our black root! I’ll get some more, don’t worry.”

We have a scene here that sets Willow’s ‘oh, you’re such a daddy’ side of herself without revealing it. Willow scolds Madmartigan for being irresponsible, and Madmartigan respects Elora without being impressed. It’s funny, sweet, and the kind of tone the movie usually uses in its funnier moments.

Most of the movie has this dynamism. Willow plays it straight, Madmartigan plays the funny guy – he’s also much more than a rowdy thug as he seems. He is truly a great swordsman and a brave and loyal friend.

on the TV show Willow, the tone is rarely cute. The humor isn’t all that funny relief, it’s more of an endless fluency, a lazy one-line parade that might as well be the MCU’s pretend dialogue, and none of the jokes work. The show tries so hard to be smart that she forgot about it Willow It’s also about being brave. The CW is so obsessed with being a young adult romance that he forgets the movie is mostly about camaraderie.

The original movie’s cast was also much weaker. After reaching the crossroads, most of Nelwyn’s friends leave her and she returns home. Only Meegosh remains, and eventually she too goes home. Willow begins her quest alone, but soon joins Madmartigan’s company once again. They are joined by two Brownies, Rool and Franjean, but overall, it is a community of five, including the baby.

We talk a lot about diversity these days, but Willow The TV show is decidedly racially diverse and gives screen time to queer characters, not diverse in terms of characters. The movie featured a Nelwyn, a bandit, two nasty little fairies, and a baby. The show features three teenage girls, two teenage boys plus Willow and Boorman (unfortunately poor Silas was killed instead of the teens). One of the young men has been kidnapped, but that means we’re still dealing with it. four teenagers (or young adult) characters from the very beginning.

This is the group sent by Queen Sorsha to save her son, a true adult fighter and a sorceress who admits to being an ‘incompetent trick’ in Episode 5, under the influence of truth plums – an extremely lazy plot device. various characters to explain at length everything they couldn’t say before. Yep, the writers couldn’t take the trouble to come up with really compelling character-driven scenes, so they used magic – not the kind of magic we should get in an epic fantasy.

In any case, sending Kit, the only remaining heir to Sorsha, along with Galladoorn’s sole heir, is not only narratively mind-blowing, it also means we have the most boring adventure party imaginable.

And yes, the cast expands as the story progresses in the movie. We take Airk, Sorsha and Fin Raziel. But each joins the group along the way, not from the very beginning as we move towards the final battle.

Episode 5 is the worst of the bunch so far, a boring and convoluted 49 minutes full of explanation and weird story choices. Humanizing Kael and his people cheapens the final encounter in the movie. Kael brutally killed Airk, and Madmartigan’s revenge was just. Are we going to have mixed feelings about this now? Were Kael’s Bone Raiders only fighting for their freedom? Hell, the Bone Reavers killed one of their own bands a few episodes ago but I guess that’s water under the bridge now. Of course, that’s not all.

Kael was actually Jade’s father! And Sorsha took him hostage and taught him to speak with a British accent instead of the American accent in Sorsha’s children! (I don’t mind mixing up accents, but it’s kind of weird when all three characters grow up together!)

Now their bizarre teen romance is complicated by an utterly ridiculous backstory. Kit’s father killed Jade’s father. Somehow Jade thinks Kit has known the truth all this time and, uh, it turns out she is! What? What the hell?

Oh right, modern shows can’t have honest relationships at all. Everyone has to lie and cheat all the time. (See also: Gil Galad and Elrond and Durin Durin Rings of Power).

It says CW all over this. Over-dramatic teen romances grappling with lies and deception. Cringey dialogue that makes you want to punch something. Flat, wooden characters all with the same voice. Cheap costumes and cinematography. No sense of scope or scale. Terrible speed. A terrible melodrama. Disappointing titular character. bla bla bla. I hate that, and I hate that we keep putting people at the head of these adaptations, reboots, and sequels who clearly have no idea what they’re doing.

Maybe the last three episodes will change my mind or Christian Slater’s character will be a breath of fresh air, but I doubt it. All my hope is dead.

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