Blu-ray Review: Is The George Lucas Produced HOWARD THE DUCK Really A Turkey? - Movies In Focus
Howard the Duck is an iconic film. The problem being that it is an iconic film for all the wrong reasons. Released in 1986, Howard (which is based on a 1970s Marvel Comic) had a huge budget, it was produced by Star Wars mastermind George Lucas and it was expected to be a huge earner at the box office. This sadly wasn’t the case and the $37 million budgeted film only grossed $16 million in US cinemas, placing it in the capable company of Ishtar as one of the 1980s legendary duds. Not only that, but the critics took to the film like a duck to oil and savaged the film. The film was written and directed by Willard Huyck, a long time Lucas collaborator and screen-writer of American Graffiti, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and little seen 90s Lucas effort the Radioland Murders. Since Howard, Huyck hasn’t returned to the megaphone. It’s easy to look at Howard the Duck or Howard: A New Breed of Hero as it was called over here in the UK, and list its faults. Yes it is a flawed film, yes it’s bizarre in that it has a romantic subplot which involves [...]