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Year
1982
Runtime
93 min.
Directors
Frank Oz, Jim Henson
Genres
Animation, Adventure, Family
Rating *
7.2
Votes *
34,605
Checks
4,813
Favs
322
Dislikes
51
Favs/checks
6.7% (1:15)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Jim Hensen's passion project, The Dark Crystal, creates a world that is totally original, and notably, completely devoid of human characters. It's a feast for the eyes that you nevertheless wish had a more colorful color palette (part of it is 1982's film stock limitations). The story, while a pretty straightforward chosen one quest, has interesting philosophical and psychological underpinnings, resolving into a tale of duality and balance. And it's pretty adult despite the Muppetry; the characters are in real danger. The Dark Crystal's weakness lies in its narration and dialogue. It relies much too heavily on the former at the top of the film, to the point where you wonder whether you're watching an animated story book, and then the hero Jen is too long alone and projecting his thoughts AS narration. According to the deleted/alternate scenes included on the DVD, the film was originally conceived with subtitles for the villainous Skesis, so we dodged a bullet there. But whatever its faults, The Dark Crystal remains a unique and imaginative work, and one of the 80s' better attempts at pure fantasy. 2 years 2 months ago
  2. CMT's avatar

    CMT

    I can't believe this was only rated G, when I was young I was terrified by the trailer alone. 7 years 10 months ago
  3. dombrewer's avatar

    dombrewer

    Can't quite believe this film is not on any official lists. It's a defining piece of fantasy cinema, and one of the best family movies ever. Jim Henson was a genius, and this film proved that his brand of puppetry wasn't just about slapstick and anarchy. Essential. 7 years 11 months ago
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