The Dark Crystal (1982) Movie Review


The Dark Crystal (1982)

1982 | Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Family
93 minutes /

User Score: 78/100

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The Dark Crystal Review


On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

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.

About The Dark Crystal 1982

Title: The Dark Crystal
Original Title: The Dark Chrysalis
Year: 1982
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Family
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.85/5 stars from 9 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9
Starring: Deep Roy, Frank Oz, Kiran Shah, Barry Dennen, David Buck, Billie Whitelaw, Miki Iveria, Sean Barrett, Toby Philpott, Percy Edwards, Jim Henson, Dave Goelz, Mike Edmonds, Steve Whitmire, Peter Burroughs, Louise Gold, Malcolm Dixon, Sadie Corre, Jack Purvis, Mike Quinn, Tim Rose, Patrick Monckton, Hugh Spight, Annie Jones, Joseph O'Conor, Robbie Barnett, Grant Olding, Swee Lim, Michael Earl, Simon J. Williamson
Writers: David Odell, Jim Henson
Director: Frank Oz, Jim Henson

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