Willow review

Warwick Davis, the actor who plays Willow.

Warwick Davis, the actor who plays Willow.

Olivia Tingle, Reporter

First aired on Disney plus on November 30th, 2022, Willow reintroduces audiences back to the world of the original 1988 film that goes by the same title, with some old and new characters. Many writers went into making this show including George Lucas, the maker of other classic films, such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

The show follows a group that has set off on an adventure in order to save the prince, Arik (Dempsey Bryk), who was taken captive by a group of monsters that infiltrated the kingdom’s walls then transported beyond the barrier, which keeps the kingdom safe from monsters and various armies who seek to destroy everything.  Going along on this adventure is Princess Kit (Ruby Cruz), Jade (Erin Kellyman) a knight, Dove (Ellie Bamber) a baker, Boorman (Amar Chadha-Patel) a thief, and Graydon (Tony Revolori) a prince who was set to marry Kit. The beginning of the adventure did require the group to find the world’s most powerful sorcerer, Willow (Warwick Davis). However, during the encounter with Willow it is revealed that someone in the group is Elora; if you haven’t seen the original Elora was a baby that was sought out by the evil queen to kill due to a prophecy that states that she is capable of ending all evil.

Willow follows several different characters, each with their own developing arc and story line. Some of the introduced conflicts are coming to terms with your family and who they are, finding confidence in those around you instead of solely relying on yourself, and finding confidence in your power and who you are. Each storyline overlaps with others, but each character remains with an individual conflict to overcome.

Willow has had a slow start and has most likely relied on nostalgia to gather views, seeing as the trailer showcases mostly the original actors of the movie. It is a loose continuation of the first film but does have plenty of references to characters that have not appeared in the show, however the plot of the show is very similar to the original movie and does not have many elements to make it different. Overall, I am most likely going to continue to watch the show as it airs due to the beautiful setting and decent writing.