‘Howard The Duck’ Is A Trash Classic
Chad Johnson wrote a good tweet about a not-so-good movie
Former NFL wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson randomly tweeted out a love letter to a movie widely considered one of the biggest flops of all time — a lewd live-action adaptation of Marvel Comics character Howard the Duck.
This is an example of a Good Tweet. These are rare. But we should all celebrate Good Tweets when they happen. Perhaps that will inspire more Good Tweets.
Produced by Star Wars legend George Lucas, Howard the Duck is a movie about a talking duck that is somehow transported to Earth where he falls in love with a human and fights a dark overlord. Howard knows how to fight using a sort of martial arts he learned on his home planet, a sort of Duck-Fu. Speaking of his home planet, Duckworld: we get a glimpse of this strange world and by a “glimpse” we get to see full-frontal lady duck nudity and before being zapped into space Howard enjoys an issue of “Playduck,” a magazine presumably filled with more naked duck women.
If you want to damage the hormonal imaginations of teenage boys show them human breasts on a duck. To this day I can’t feed waterfowl breadcrumbs with twitching a little.
Howard the Duck combined the ‘80s love of cutting-edge special effects that almost immediately looked dated with the ‘80s love of actor Lea Thompson. It is not a good film it is but fun, I suppose. The animatronic Howard is a feathered terminator. Tim Robbins shows up and it’s good to see him. The whole flick is a tasteless, tonally confused disaster but its existence means Lucas will always be responsible for a movie more culturally reviled than The Phantom Menace.
The comic book character showed up in Marvel Studio’s 2014 mega-hit Guardians of the Galaxy, a sign of respect for the satirical ill-tempered existential comic book mallard created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerik in 1973. Maybe we’ll see a big-screen reboot of America’s favorite wise-quacking pants-wearing duck (Donald is pantsless.) Until then, there’s just Chad’s favorite movie.
Behold the trailer, which introduces us to Howard, a 27-year-old duck whose favorite past times include “cigars and sex.”