Ron Howard’s Willow or Ridley Scott’s Legend. Which film do you prefer and why? I saw both of these films as a child but don’t remember anything about either of them other than one has a short guy carrying a baby and the other stars Tom Cruise and the chick from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I get these films mixed up – is one noticeably superior or are they both just silly fantasy films from the 80s?
I think Legend is a gorgeous movie. Ridley Scott had already started production on Legend when he was finishing up Blade Runner. The famous Unicorn dream scene from Blade Runner is, in fact, a piece that had been shot for Legend.
All I remember about Willow is playing the Nintendo game.
Legend is so superior!
…I have never seen Willow, actually, so my opinion shouldn’t count… but it looks like it just really wants to be The Lord of the Rings and that is not okay (I’d like to throw WoW into that category too, while I’m at it).
“The famous Unicorn dream scene from Blade Runner is, in fact, a piece that had been shot for Legend.” That is really interesting to know.
Oh man, yeah Labryrinth that movie I remember. Great film.
Legend is visually orgasmic but nothing else about it stood the test of time for me. Willow is still as entertaining as ever.
Also, the director’s cut of Legend is one of the few films I do NOT prefer to the theatrical versions.
This is making me think about that episode of Extras with Warwick Davis and DanRad.
I love Extras!
Although that episode escapes me.
Are you serious? It’s probably the most popular one. Get with it!
“What do you think this ring is for?”
“I don’t know, you’re a hobbit.”
Yeah, that was a funny episode. The Ben Stiller episode always sticks in my head as being my favorite. And of course the Kate Winslet episode is particularly timely now that she actually won the Oscar. I need to rewatch all the episodes though. I’ve only seen them once – Season 1 far better than Season 2.
Ridley Scott versus Ron Howard. C’mon people.
Hey I’ll take Parenthood over Kingdom of Heaven any day!
But yeah, Casey, you’re right.
Not to go into why Ron Howard is perhaps one of the worst, most insipid directors of all time, Legend is superior in almost every way (though certainly not a great film). They’re both cheesy fantasy films though, and there’s been better ones made (though I wouldn’t list Labryinth) … what about Heavenly Creatures?
I wouldn’t consider Heavenly Creatures fantasy by any stretch of the imagination….
^ That’s a joke, right?
We’re not talking about great movies here – we’re talking about Legend and Willow! Cheese is the point! Stick to the topic people!
No tangents on my thread! :(
It is not at all a joke. The only sequences of anything unrealistic in the entire movie are scenes very obviously taking place in their imaginations… and how is it fantasy to imagine something that isn’t real? Everyone does that. Not to mention, how could a movie based off of true story possibly be fantasy?
Legend hands down. I’m a fan of Willow but Legend has stood the test of time better. The atmosphere in Legend is awesome and it has the finest depiction of Satan ever put on film. I would say Legend is the best fantasy film of the 1980s.
Legend? eehhh…I’ll take Willow any day. Plus I have it on laserdisc! Yeah!
We are talking about Legend The Directors Cut here right?
“…and how is it fantasy to imagine something that isn’t real?”
I would say that’s the definition of fantasy, but anyway I drug us off the topic.
I think the director’s cut is the best version by far, but yeah, are we taking into account Legend’s original cut?
for 2 reasons…
1: Legend is Scott’s last gorgeous film(he did make Thelma afterwards but that was not as great as Legend artistically..)
2: Willow is Ron Howard’s greatest achievement(fuck you Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man and Frost/Nixon and Apollo 13)
No one mentioned the greatest representation of the Devil on film: Tim Curry is simply brilliant in Legend.
Ok, see, now this is just wrong.
If I need 80s Val Kilmer, I’ll take Real Genius over Willow. Legend is easily one of the most beautiful fantasy films ever made. Perhaps it’s a case of style over substance, as the story is as basic and barebones as you can get, but it still just looks so damn good. Yeah, Tim Curry as Darkness looks so intense..those horns!
Screw Bergman, after reading some of the comments here, I got a hankerin’ for some Legend!
i just bought the legend collectors edition the other day for like 9 bucks. movies fuckin gorgeous.
“I would say Legend is the best fantasy film of the 1980s.”
No wai! The Neverending Story is.
Neverending Story is very good indeed Samantha but i don’t know…Petersen’s only great effort in the U.S. is this one and it doesn’t work that perfect,especially since it’s based on a detailed fantasy novel…