What a bargain! I found a copy of Willow (1988) on VHS at the local Goodwill store for 50 cents! I hadn't seen Willow since the 80s, but I loved it just as much as I did the first time. I barely remembered any of it except a dwarf (Willow) having to save a baby and Val Kilmer (Madmartigan) helped. So, it was almost like seeing it for the first time.
The story was created by George Lucas (Star Wars) and the movie was directed by Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons) so how could it not be good? Willow himself was very Frodo-ish from Lord of the Rings but the story was much less complicated and it all wrapped up neatly in a nice happy ending for all who deserved it and those who died in battle died for a good cause, saving the world from the evil queen.
I just love dwarfs, fairies, witches and sorcerers and the like, and it had lots of that as well. Simple people in simple times, just wanting to live in peace and harmony makes a good story as they overcome the evil forces that want to rob them of their basic needs and plunge them into misery. It's always great when the hero is a modest character with the odds against him or her, but somehow manages to conquer evil, save the world and realize their strengths.
Wouldn't it be great if we all could be heroes?