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This is one of the most well known, whether you've seen it or not, films of all time. 23 Years ago George Lucas was one of the hottest producer/writer/directors in Hollywood thanks to his involvement with the original Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones. Everything he touched turned to gold. He started his own sound and effects companies that revolutionised the business and the method in which films are made, and he still does that today. Then came the infamous Howard The Duck. Even when it was announced some were unsure why Lucas would gravitate to such an offbeat concept(originally an equally offbeat and satirical Marvel comic). Then, the reports of the budget and reshoots(which thanks to this edition, you find out was due to the limitations of the original Howard puppet) had the skeptics reeling even more. Every writer would make sure to note the huge budget of the film, as if it was relevant to anyone at all. I notice some reviewers here on Amazon seem to use how much a film cost to deride it or how much it made to champion it, as if that says anything about the film itself. Independence Day was and is a terrible film but it made a tons of money when it was released. The true test of a good film or a film that trancends is time.
It's been over twenty years since Howard The Duck graced the silver screen and became one of the biggest and, apparently, most expenssive flops of all time. Everyone seems to know this movie. New generations who watched it on cable don't know a damn thing about the film's reviews or status back in the 80's and just take it for what it is: an extremely silly, farcical, goofy, sci-fi,fish out of water comedy, action adventure, horror movie.Read more ›
YES, it's cheesy!
YES, it's 80's. VERY 80's...
YES, it's awkward!
YES, it probably wouldn't be deemed appropriate for children these days with various sexual references, etc.
YES, it's not one of George Lucas' best works.
But, YES I still love it anyway.
It's just that right blend of tongue-in-cheek humor, occasionally really bad acting (intentionally, I think), goofy special effects (hey, it was the 80's, give it a break)...
But, it's not for everyone, as one can tell from the various reviews hereabouts. People either seem to love it or hate it. Much the same way it was when it originally aired in theaters...
For some it's simply a guilty pleasure to watch something so horrendously bad...
'Howard the Duck' is an enjoyable film with a simple premise and great cast including Jeffery Jones, Lea Thompson (who didn't love her back then?), and a then unknown Tim Robbins who steals the show as the goofy scientist wannabe Phil. The comedy is hokey at times but manages to generate a laugh here and there, even after repeated viewings with some surprisingly effective scare moments that can be downright frightening for some, and although the fashion and music trends don't hold up, it is still a nice time capsule look at the day-glow synthesizer and Aqua Net soaked hair metal period of the mid 1980's.
All in all, definitely NOT one of the 50 worst films ever made (I can name more than 50 right now that are much, much worse), and it's a film that deserves much more praise than it has been given.
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it's a recurring theme in my reviews to come to the defense of films which in fact delivered but get shafted by so-called Common Knowledge, films like Ghostbusters II,... Read more
What's to say. You have science, Alians,fights and talking animals to possessed humans. Great moviePublished 9 days ago by Mark Johnson
I grow up watching this movie and love this movie glad it's on blu rayPublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
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