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In the 80's , DC Comics ruled the big screen. With their extremely popular Superman series and their colourful 1966 Batman, everyone agreed that Dc was supreme. However, in 1986. Marvel decided to give cinema a try and their first project was Howard the Duck. Unfortunately for Marvel, this was not a huge success. The film is boring and uneven, with 2 dimensional characters crowding the screen, complete with mediocre acting and an terrible plot.
The goose that laid the golden egg this is not. The performances (especially Robbins) feel exasperated, the tone shifts relentlessly from the bawdry to the saccharine, resulting in a tired production that never achieves the irreverent fun the movie is aiming for (or the existential dark humor the comic is known for). Only a quack would think this was a good idea.
One word comes to mind when I remember my viewing experience of Howard the Duck- abysmal. The first and worst Marvel movie ever, and yes that even includes the unreleased Captain America and Fantastic Four movies. Thank god Marvel only went up from here
Somehow I got right through the 80's and up until now without seeing this one. What can I say, aside from the icky suggestion that Lea Thompson was somehow "on" with the duck (hinted at rather than seen), it is no worse than any other action 80's film. Fashions were great, Lea, of course - not exactly great acting, but suited the whole movie which you just can't take seriously. Duck kind of fake looking, but what else would you expect. Fans of the 80's or just bad movies in general should enjoy it.
Mean spirited, tonally imbalanced, sexually bizarre and almost entertainingly incoherent, Howard the Duck is a freak show of bad from beginning to multiple endings. A fun game to play is to put this on for someone who has never seen it and see how long they last. Most people quit at the "no more mr, nice duck" line.