Disney’s press materials refer to the original 1988 movie “Willow” as “beloved,”

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which despite its admirers feels like nostalgic inflation of a pretty generic George Lucas-plotted fantasy that provided an early directing showcase for Ron Howard.

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Setting that aside, a Disney+ revival series isn’t without its charms, in a more contemporary narrative that brings back Warwick Davis while focusing on the next generation.

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The series begins by recounting the events of the movie, which saw Davis’ simple farmer Willow turn sorcerer and join in a fierce battle to protect a baby who carried the kingdom’s destiny on her tiny shoulders

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overcoming ancient evil with the help of the swordsman Madmartigan and (eventually) princess Sorsha.

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The latter were played by Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley, respectively, who as an off-screen bonus got married after the film.

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Kilmer, amid his struggle with cancer, remains out of the picture, but Whalley returns as the now-queen and mother of two headstrong grown children

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who play roles in a mythical quest that requires journeying across treacherous lands to thwart the evil crone.

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