The Dark Crystal (1982)
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Crystal
You have to love a fantasy whose greatest peril is the Bog of Eternal Stench.
The screenplay by David Odell, based on a story by Mr. Henson, is without any narrative drive whatever. It's without charm as well as interest.
The Skeksis, evil creatures seeking to solidify their power, retain their ability to frighten young children, and no amount of exposure to modern media seems adequate as a defence.
A wonderfully invented world full of characters that transcend their puppet limitations thanks to the energy and creativity of the Jim Hansen and Frank Oz team of puppeteers and voice actors
Audience Reviews for The Dark Crystal
There is nothing that can justify the amount of effort put into creating something so visually stunning (the production design is spectacular) but none into such a tedious narrative that has no imagination, no energy, no sense of pacing and is full of annoying characters.
Fantastic puppetry with a charming and well-executed fantasy universe. The voice acting is quite good as well. On the other hand, the story is flat and the characters lack any depth whatsoever. All in all, an entertaining adventure story.
A little creepy at first but adorable and triumphant at the end. Kira has wings! The lore of the evil Skeksis and the good Mystics being parts of a whole and the dangers of arrogance and corruption are powerful themes. I watched much of the hour-long making-of documentary too, and I've realized that I feel about Muppets the same way I feel about claymation and stop-motion animation: I understand and appreciate how much planning and work goes into them, but I get skeeved out by the looks of the finished products.
The Dark Crystal Quotes
|Aughra:||Mouldy mildew, mother of mouthmuck, dangle and strangle and death.|
|Slave Master:||Oh how crude!|
|Chamberlain:||Trial by stone.|
|General:||TRIAL BY STONE!|
|Historian:||Hold her to you, for she is part of you, as we all are part of each other.|