Sheila M. Giordano
March 29, 2010
Literary Elements in the Movie Willow
What is a good movie; is it one that can make a person cry, laugh, worry, or feel angry? Well the fact is it can be any of those and more. In truth, most good movies have a unified plot, a credible storyline, and are interesting. The genre or style of a movie will also play a role in a person’s opinion of what he or she considers to be a good movie. Some people prefer movies that are full of action, drama, comedy, romance, or fantasy. Many people enjoy a movie that has a message or a moral of the story, which may give the audience a deeper meaning of what the movie is really about. All of these are examples of interwoven parts that work together to create a good movie. The movie Willow (Howard, 1988) is an excellent example of a movie that incorporated several different literary elements in a way that it created a movie that will probably be remembered throughout the years. Overall, a good movie is not limited to the set design, the actors, or the script, but has so many other elements that when interwoven together, create memorable masterpiece for all to see. In a movie, “a unified plot focuses on a single thread of continuous action, where one event leads to another naturally and logically (Boggs, & Petrie, 2008, p. 42). The plot of the movie Willow focuses on the protection of a magical infant named Elora Danan from the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. Elora’s primary protectors are a small Nelwyn named Willow Ufgood, and a Daikini named Madmartigan (Howard, 1988). The movie flows naturally from one scene to the next, using the literary element of “cause-and-effect” (Boggs, & Petrie, 2008, p. 42), helping the audience to understand what is happening in the story and why. The characters are also easily relatable, which gives the movie a more credible storyline. A credible storyline is important for a...