The Dark Crystal: movie review

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Genre: Fantasy, adventure, family

Rated: PG

Year of Release: 1982

Director: Jim Henson and Frank Oz

Summary: 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.

Review: I like the detail that went in to the puppet designs. Also like the different creatures there are creating a unique world apart from other fantasies that have humans, elves, and dwarves. It cool that the whole move is done with puppets. Usually puppets are side characters or their humans.

The story is center around an epic quest and there nothing new about it. If you’re a fan of Jim Henson or want to watch a movie done in unique format, then will be worth checking out.

There also a prequal series on Netflix that I might as well look in to.


Info: IDMb

Fun facts:
  • Jim Henson's plan with this movie was to get back to the darkness of original Brothers Grimm fairy tales. He felt that children liked the idea of being scared and that this was a healthy emotion for them with which to deal. 
  • At the time it was made, it was hailed as the only live-action movie in which a human character makes no appearance. With the exception of some wide shots of the Gelflings, it would've been the first live-action movie where no human actors appeared. 
  • The name which Jim Henson came up for the planet on which this movie takes place was "Mithra". When some people thought this sounded to much like a Persian god, the name was changed to "Nithra", and then finally shortened to "Thra". Although the name is never mentioned in the movie, it is widely used in subsequent sequel novels, as well as the TV series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019). 

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