The Dark Crystal (1982) Movie Review

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The Dark Crystal (1982)

1982 | PG | Fantasy, Adventure, Family, Animation
93 minutes / 1h 33min

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The Dark Crystal Plot Synopsis:

Another planet, another time. 1000 years ago the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos has began! The evil race of grotesque birdlike lizards the Skeksis, gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw. Meanwhile the orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of the peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal which gives the Skesis their power and restore the balance of the universe.

The Dark Crystal (1982) Review

The Dark Crystal (1982) is a 1h 33-min PG American–British fantasy adventure film that was marketed as a family film but turned out to be much darker than imagined therefore becoming a little too scary for younger viewers. The animatronics used in this 1982 film was considered groundbreaking at the time. Fantasy illustrator Brian Froud who is famous for his faerie and dwarf designs was the primary concept artist for The Dark Crystal. The movie had an estimated budget of $15 million and grossed over $40 million. The Dark Crystal was banned in Iran because it contained ceremonial imagery. Directors Jim Henson (Labyrinth (1986), The Muppets (2011), The Muppet Movie (1979)) and Frank Oz (Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)) executed the movie phenomenally.


The Dark Crystal revolves around Jen (Jim Henson) who is an elf-like Gelfling that only wants to restore balance to his alien world, and the only way to do that is to return a lost shard to a powerful broken gem. It all started about a thousand years ago where a magical crystal cracked on the planet Thra leading to two new races appearing shortly after the crystal cracked, but the two races are different from each other. One of the races is the kind hearted wizards known as Mystics, and the other race is the evil Skeksis who uses the dark crystal power to replenish themselves continuously.

The Mystics took in Jen after his clan was killed and was given a task which is to heal the Crystal before the deadline because if he does not heal the crystal before the planet’s three suns align then the Skeksis will rule forever. Jen faces significant difficulties as he fights his way through giant crab-like creatures that are called Garthim. The movie progresses to battles that should not be missed as it was detailed and magnificent. The Dark Crystal was no doubt a visual feast and the acting could not have been better, so applause goes out to the actors. The special effects were brilliantly done well, and the sets, music, sound and cinematography was excellent.

  • The Dark Crystal Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.39
  • IMDB: 7.2
  • MetaCritic: 6.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.4

About The Dark Crystal 1982

Title: The Dark Crystal
Year: 1982
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family, Animation
Reviewer:
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.7/5 stars from 48,290 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 48,290
MPAA Rating: PG
The Dark Crystal Cast Starring: Deep Roy, Frank Oz, Kiran Shah, Barry Dennen, Billie Whitelaw, Miki Iveria, Toby Philpott, Sean Barrett, Jim Henson, Percy Edwards, Dave Goelz, Mike Edmonds, Steve Whitmire, Peter Burroughs, Louise Gold, Malcolm Dixon, Sadie Corre, Jack Purvis, Mike Quinn, Tim Rose, David Buck, Grant Olding, Swee Lim, Michael Earl, Simon J. Williamson, Hus Levant, Susan Westerby, David Greenaway, Kathryn Mullen, Richard Slaughter
The Dark Crystal Writers: David Odell, Jim Henson
The Dark Crystal Director: Frank Oz, Jim Henson
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA, UK