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There were some truly hilarious scenes, especially the one with the cat, I laughed my ass off. But I'm proud to present the Oscar for best actor award goes to... wait for it... Ben.
Willard (2003): 4 out of 10: Crispin Glover is an insane genius. The insane part is reasonably well documented elsewhere. The genius part is on full display on the Willard DVD.
Unfortunately, that genius is demonstrated in a quick music video of the Michael Jackson song Ben (sung and directed by Glover himself think Cabaret mixed with softcore furry) and not in the film in question. Speaking of extras that outshine the main event, the (77 minute!) behind the scenes documentary Year of the Rat is one of the most informative documentaries on the movie business I have ever seen (Don't just believe me a lot of critics placed Willard in their top 10 DVD's of the year lists based solely on this doc.). The movie itself is eminently skippable, however.
There are two fundamental problems with Willard. The plot and the rats. First the rats. Not since that giant bunnies attack Dr. McCoy epic Night of the Lepus has a horror movie suffered such cute protagonists. However, you feel about rats you will probably be won over by these sweet and well-behaved rodents (Not to mention clean. Note to Willard producers it is "you dirty rat" not "you shampooed and blow-dried rat"). With an almost complete lack of menace from our three-letter furballs, the movie has to rely on the plot.
Willard has Norman Bates mother, works at the same office as Joe from Joe and the Volcano, has shunned the love interest of Laura Harring (fresh from Mulholland Drive and completely wasted), has the drill sergeant from Full Metal Jacket as his cruel boss and developed a relationship with some rats. Willard uses rats to get revenge on the boss. The end. No, that is the plot. Danny Devito's short story in Throw Momma from the Train had about as much dramatic tension. One guy with a white hat and one guy with a black hat, gee I wonder how this will turn out.
On the plus side, Glover is watchable in that what the hell is he going to do next kind of way. I wish they had let him write the movie. A softcore rat picture with Nazi's would undoubtedly have been an exciting twist. Something Willard is defiantly lacking.
Solid remake. Crispin is great in the role, be deserves the praise he gets for it. It might even be better than the original. It's a creepy little revenge tale, where you don't who you should really be rooting for.
Better than waltless's the forced-anus awakens series of failed movies.
Simply one of my favorite movie :)
It's ok, I will say crispin Glover is great....probably because he wasn't acting....this is just how he is. Ok watch, needed a R rating badly.
very under rated movie with an underated actor. this movie came out a decade early.
From X-Files alum Glen Morgan and James Wong comes this amazing remake/reworking of the 1971 original film, which they've made into something wholly new. What remains the same between the films is that Willard is a social misfit who befriends and has a strange connection/control over a massive colony of rodents, led by the rats Socrates and Ben. A major element that separates this film from the original is the casting of perennial oddball Crispin Glover in the title role, who gives a highly entertaining off-kilter performance that is pitch perfect for director/co-writer Morgan's jet black humor. Morgan also get's high marks for adding a lot more suspense to this new version, which was lacking in the original. A high point of the film is a masterfully directed sequence where a house cat is chased by a horde of rats set to Michael Jackson's tender rendition of "Ben" (from the original film), which is absolute filmmaking magic. R. Lee Ermey plays Willard's cruel boss and porn star Ashlyn Gere (billed as Kimberly Patton) has a supporting role as Ermey's secretary. The filmmakers here are not at all trying to appeal to a wide audience, but if offbeat horror with a dark sense of humor is your thing, "Willard" is a must-see!
Willard is my spirit animal
Good, but not great movie. It's worth watching for it's really great performances from Glover and Ermey. Kudos to the animal trainers, and CGI team too.