Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Dark Crystal (1982)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (7.0).

This entry from Jim Henson's crew basically kicked off the aforementioned trend of 80s kid-oriented epic fantasy films. The film is done entirely in puppets, causing some uncanny valley problems, and has a pervasively dark tone, probably not what you were expecting from the creator of the Muppets. I feel that the world and backstory is poorly developed: too vague in most places and too orderly and cookie-cutter in the places where it's not vague. In short, the story writing is appropriate for very small children, which hurts the film's attempts at having an epic scope. I wish I could like the film more, but the final result just isn't interesting enough. Score: 2 stars out of 4.

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