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Howard the Duck
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03.09.2009 By: Sturdy
Howard the Duck order
Director:
Willard Huyck

Actors:
Lea Thompson
Jeffrey Jones
Tim Robbins

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Howard T. Duck is mysteriously transported from his planet to Earth. When he arrives, he has a chance encounter with a struggling punk-rock band leader. When they mistakenly bring a demonic overlord to earth, they must find a way to defeat him and save the planet.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Since this is the first time HOWARD THE DUCK has appeared on DVD, it should come as no surprise that I havenít seen this since I was a little kid. I donít remember liking it much back then, but I know the film has its fans and has achieved a level of popularity for being nostalgic and campy. However, if you havenít seen this in a while, make no mistake about it; this is a really bad film.

Trashing a film like this, at this point in itís life, is a little unnecessary. By now, you should know that this is a horrible film. Itís not even bad to the point of funny, itís just bad. Howard himself looks like something I glued together in my basement for a school play. Lea Thompson overacted every single line and Jeffrey Jones gives an over-the-top performance that makes you laugh for how bad it is. But none of that compares to how bad the story is.

One of the complaints I remember from the time came from parents that said the film was too crass and adult for the PG rating. Maybe Iím getting old, but I have to agree with them now. Given the filmís targeted demographic, they had way too many sexual references and innuendos for your typical kids film. Some could argue that the film wasnít geared for kids, but then I question what they were thinking by making it so campy and bad.

Itís no wonder Lucas had been so reluctant to allow this to come to DVD. Like his Star Wars Holiday Special, this film is an embarrassment. It has no redeeming qualities (unless you count the fact Iím still humming the theme song) and is painful to watch. Another shocking thing about this movie is that the special effects were done by ILM, which also did the effects in Star Wars. So for those three films, the effects were light-years ahead of their time and for this, they transported back to 1940. Iím not sure I understand that.
THE EXTRAS
A Look Back (26:21): The creators participate in a retro making-of featurette for the film. Theyíre way too positive for this and at times itís like theyíre talking about a different film. Luckily, Lea Thompson (who is still very hot) was the realist and admitted to almost breaking down in tears when the reviews came out for the film.

Releasing the Duck (12:53): Finally, they talk about how the film was negatively received and most of the players discuss how they handled the criticism. This was more ďjuicyĒ and interesting to people that have kept up with the drama surrounding the film over the years.

Archival Featurettes (10:51): These were kind of ridiculous because in each featurette, they treated Howard like he was real. Itís a lot of fluff material that was used to sell the film at the time, but itís nice for nostalgia sake.

There is also a Theatrical Trailer
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I would love to hear fans reactions to this film that havenít seen it in at least 15 years. Like I said, I remember it being bad, but not this bad. I think itís better to leave this one in your memories.
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