“HOWARD THE DUCK” soundtrack (1986)
I don’t know why this movie is shit upon so much. Itâ€™s actually both funny and entertaining. In it, health Jeffrey Jones gives the most fevered, diet frenetic and brilliant performance of his career, surgery and Tim Robbins also checks in, portraying the first of what would be several great â€œgoofyâ€ roles for him throughout the â€™80s (see also â€œTapeheadsâ€, â€œBull Durhamâ€, â€œErik The Vikingâ€ and â€œCadillac Manâ€.) Also, the special effects are pretty great.
So why does â€œHoward The Duckâ€ have such a terrible reputation? Perhaps itâ€™s because George Lucasâ€™ name was attached to it as producer, and everyone was expecting another â€œStar Warsâ€/â€Indiana Jonesâ€-like spectaulcar, but instead got an unending barrage of duck jokes. Or perhaps itâ€™s the only PG-rated film ever to have multiple jokes about beastiality. Bad Movie Planet sums it up like this:
The â€˜Howard The Duckâ€™ from the comics was a witty, satirical character that had strange adventures with even stranger foes (the Kidney Lady, Dr. Bong, Status Quo). This movie wasnâ€™t wittyâ€¦.the jokes all boiled down to â€˜Hey! Heâ€™s a duck! Get it!?â€™. Man, thereâ€™s only one or two times thatâ€™s going to funnyâ€¦and even then it ainâ€™t that funny.
Okay, okay — maybe the movie does suck after all. Hereâ€™s the soundtrack by John Barry and Thomas Dolby.