The Dark Crystal (1982) - Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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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.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Jim Henson
Stars: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 34 out of 224 found boring (15.17%)

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it's likely to be a bore.

Besides the stirring musical score and fascinating characters, the story has a truly remarkable magic to it that I can't explain.

Everything in the movie is entertaining, exciting and wondrous as Henson had envisioned.

It's obviously a good looking film, but it's bland.

What may have been pretty neat special effects and cool puppet tricks back in 1982 are decidedly ho-hum now in this age of CGI wonders.

I highly recommend it for any lover of the cinema.

The voice characterizations are truly annoying (especially the Skeksis and their blurting out 'MMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm' all the time), the characters completely flat and seriously unappealing and the story amazingly uninvolving and dull.

They're all visually distinct, evocative designs that are sure to stick with you after you've seen this film.

There is also a narrator somberly spurting out pretentious prose that doesn't give us any additional info anyway, except that we must care for the Mystics and hate the Urskeks.

Well, I'm pleased to say that it still was an entertaining and fresh looking fable to me.

As is, it is still worth watching, just not as memorable as it should have been.

The bland lead characters, called Gelfings, have a wooden feel in more ways than one.

The puppets are beautiful, the sets are breath-taking and the storyline is incredibly gripping.

It is truly breathtaking.

I think this film should be looked at carefully and with good reason because this film is worth watching.

I suppose that the very uninspired dialogue did nothing to help this fact and, except for a few quirky characters like Aughra, the characters seemed very ordinary and uninteresting.

I understand that the movie is mainly about its visuals, but that does not justify the obvious lack of story and dialogue, which, when happening, is often very very flat and boring.

Very enjoyable.

So overall three words to sum up the experience; Rubbish,enjoyable and nostalgia.

As a fantasy film Henson creates a compelling world with its array of creatures.

The movie's main character is horribly boring, and very wooden...

he is the heart of this touching fantasy who reminds old truths, who redefine old values, who remains fascinating for the lovely manner to reinvent the laws of fairy tale in inspired manner.

The plot is thin, the characters are dull, and the script is weak and awkward.

Children older than 14 might find it boring again.

To make things worse both specimens are so slow that they almost bring things to a halt every time they do something--not to mention walking, in the case of the Mystics, around which even an asthmatic snail could run rings-which of course ruins the pace.

So, sorry fans, but though this COULD have been a masterpiece in every way, it is just visually stunning and interesting to watch.

Twenty-four years later, it is still as imaginative and entertaining as ever.

The good breed are a bunch of lame and uninteresting tortoises that only open their mouth and say ` AAAAAAAAAA' … A small ‘Galfling' is send out on a quest to find the missing piece of the Crystal and this has to be done before the three suns are lined next to each other.

fascinating and old fashion using technology.

Other characters include Jen and Kira (Kira kinda reminds me of myself alot at times, or whatever), the weird hag-geinius Augura (who isn't that bad), the cute Podlings, the annoying Fizzgig and whom I think are the worst characters are the boring and depressing Ur-Ru.

It's such a shame the characters themselves are uninteresting.

The color palette seems borrowed from Star Trek The Motion Picture: bland pastels and khakis as far as the eye can see except for the bad guys who are all black from top to bottom so as to be indistinct and muddy looking.

Trevor Jones' breathtaking, beautiful score is among his best work (tying with Merlin in 1998) and is surely some of the best film music you are ever likely to hear.

The story is nice and basic, a quest to restore a fractured magical crystal and save the world, full of swords and sorcery, light humour and dark thrills, and many imaginative and enchanting puppet creatures, a most enjoyable family fantasy adventure.

It's definitely worth watching for fantasy fans of all ages.

As much as a i loved "Labyrinth" I hate this one, it is a boring mess without any redeeming values.

An Exciting Adventure on an Alien World .

I watched it in my twenties and fell asleep again.

The hero role is really just a placeholder, the political intrigue that is laid out in the film is overall pretty empty, and the final confrontation is pretty slow and hampered.

Looking for original and entertaining fantasy suitable for young and old, this is one of the best.

The first thing that struck me was the film's dark, heavy atmosphere, but it is deceptive and even pretentious because the narrative to match is simplistic and shallow, betraying the fact that this is a children's movie, and a boring one at that.

But I felt like the pace was much too slow.

It's fairly slowly paced despite the short running time and it's a bit hard to care about what happens to puppets.

Better still, the incredibly lifelike and engaging creatures that populate this world possess remarkable conviction and personality: Among the colorful beings to be savored are the vicious crab-like soldiers the Garthim, cranky one-eyed hag oracle Aughra (marvelously voiced with testy brio by Billie Whitelaw), the sweet and hearty Podlings, the tall, lanky, super-fast Landstriders, and cuddly fuzzball Fizzgig.

One coincidence after another passes the screen and since all this leads up to a predictable ending I was not able to forget those simple choices.

While the villainous Chamberlain is entertaining, everyone else is a bit on the dull side, especially our heroes, Jen and Kira.

The plot is laden with symbolism which is supposed to be philosophical and transcendent, but it seems as though the makers of "The Dark Crystal" have been trying so hard to make a "deep" movie that the end result seems contrived and cumbersome - a dreary movie which takes itself far too seriously.

The story is very banal and derivative of the common language of fantasy: prophecies, meek young men who become saviors of entire worlds, good vs.

Though this one does have some compelling undertones and mythology, mainly focusing on the nature of good and evil.

This is a beautiful, darkling, compelling, and sinister tale, so professionally executed that it is, without question, the most creative and lovely fantasy I have ever seen.

The film looks dazzling,with fabulous visuals and very well staged sequences, and Jen and Kira are very engaging as title characters.

The story is a good thrilling and rather basic quest fantasy.

Jim Henson and Frank Oz honestly loved this project, and it shows in all aspects of the film, including the breathtaking craftsmanship of the puppets, the complicated backgrounds, the complex script,the fascinating characters, and the delightful soundtrack.

But "The Dark Crystal" is like watching paint dry.

but it's also as ponderous in its pace as the eternally plodding Mystics themselves.

Later, creatures with four stilt-like legs run at speed on their way to a battle with the beetles in the most exciting action sequence of the movie.

The whole story was pointless as a result of this.

There's just such a palpable and complex feeling of raw emotion behind each and every frame presented, and the stunning design work on display.

But for me, the most fascinating aspect of the movie was the Skeksis and their relationship with the Mystics.

Anyway 6 year later i got to finaly see it, on a forgotten childrens matinee, and i loved every minute of it, altough i felt even then that it had some dull parts in it.

Congratulations to all concerned for a film that is thoroughly engrossing, thoughtful, visually stunning and uplifting, especially since the film starts in a very dark place emotionally.

Only Henson and his team could make puppets "eat" so convincingly, and make it entertaining.

Before you waste TWO HOURS OF YOUR LIFE, Consider the things you could do with those hours such as: Watch a better movie, pick your nose, or a friends',clip your mom's toe nails, do your homework or even someone elses.

Although "The Dark Crystal" does not possess the poetic somnambulance of another overlooked children's film with dark undertones, "Babe: Pig in the City", this film would mark an extraordinary opportunity to try something new when bored by the generic harmonics of such recent Disney fare as "Pocahontas" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

Directors Jim Henson and Frank Oz relate the simple, yet gripping story with a tremendous sense of awe and splendor while maintaining a generally serious tone that's further spiced up with a fine line in morbidly amusing black humor.

Unfortunately, Henson's direction, although helped out by Frank Oz, is rather flat-footed, and the pace is undeniably slow.

The voice tones of the leads are sombre, whispery and slow, adding to its hazy dreamlike quality in contrast to the harshness of Aughra and the various Skeksis characters.

I think it would if anything bore some more than anything else.

"The Dark Crystal" has a derivative story that is somewhat predictable, a sometimes stale lead, and iffy special effects work.

When I saw it again as an adult I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I enjoyed it even more, and appreciated it in more ways.

far to be perfect, it is really fascinating.

With its stunning production design, wild imagination, and a clutch of frankly barking performances (several of which are from the directors themselves), Dark Crystal is the quintessential Henson movie from a sadly bygone era.

It is engaging and exciting throughout.

Contrary to my expectations, I found it tedious and unduly pretentious.

The final third as a whole is overall somewhat disappointing because it's so predictable.

"The Dark Crystal" is in my mind pretentious, boring and poorly made.

This Unique, entertaining and brilliant Fantasy movie is about a Gelfling ( Elf-like creature) that must return a Crystal shard to the castle of the Dark Crystal ( all powerful force of life) that is guarded by the terrible Lizard Creatures " The Skeckis".

I felt annoyed at times, also bored, and only my expectations made me sit through it.

This entertaining film was well directed by Jim Henson , appointing the accent on the fantastic adventures and weird world .

The main characters are particularly dull and without nuance.

The dialogue and voice acting are cheesy at best, and in the case of the seer woman, downright unbearable.

It should be said that the storyline is rather generic and predictable, which might not be the best of selling points.

The Ur-Ru barely do anything, all sound alike, so slow and are so emotionless, unlike their dark-spirited counterparts that I think are interesting!

I enjoyed it as a kid, I still enjoy it as an adult.

Too less interesting is the main character, too less is told about the connection between the good ones and the bad ones, too predictable is the whole plot.

And although I thought the outside landscapes (actually done with blue screen special effects) we very good, the inside settings were too drab, and blended too well with the characters.

It all seemed very cliché and obvious.

There's some fascinating workprint footage (the film was originally two hours) including the highly-regarded funeral scenes and Frank Oz voicing Aughra.

A predictable story is bad enough, but a bland star makes it difficult to sit through.

Of the two, Dark Crystal has the weaker story, only because its theme is so formulaic.

I found this suprislingly enjoyable to watch.

Both Oswald Morris' breathtaking, expansive cinematography and Trevor Jones' soaring, stirring, majestic score are on the money terrific.

It's a bit weird to be honest but if you can get your head around it then it's actually a stunning motion picture.

I mean for an entertaining watch this will deliver if you're into fantasy/sci-fi stuff.

It's kind of hard to describe what makes the movie enjoyable.

The film is eternally impressive on a number of levels, including the excellent camera work that captures this thrilling world.

It allows him to fashion a story not just aimed at the little kids, but kids of all ages, telling an intelligent and absorbing story, featuring amazingly elaborate characters, often with strikingly, creatively ugly designs, and taking place in a magical world that it's created.

Credit to Billie Whitelaw, the voice actor, for bringing an entertaining personality to Aughra despite the bland script.

In my recent viewing, I was very aware of the contrived nature of the story and script.

The scenario is evocative, the soundtrack by Trevor jones involving.

The problem with fantasy is that a monster or something like that can pop up anytime the movie becomes a little boring.

Heck, it's a lot more involving than, say, The Phantom Menace's (another fantastical "children's film" - albeit a self-proclaimed one) endless dreary political wrangling.

The plot is also quite simplistic, and the acting leaves something to be desired, but the stunning visuals and imaginative design make up for much of this.

Rousing and sensitive musical score by Trevor Jones .

The visual beauty of the breathtaking scenarios give the movie a real sense of wonder and surprise .

I watched it in my teens and got bored and turned it off.

The story is predictable, the good guys aren't terribly interesting or engaging and the visuals (the best part of the movie) are occasionally off-kilter and a bit jarring.

The first thing I noticed about this movie was that all of the visuals were stunning and beautifully done.

Still, when making a fairy tale that is an hour and a half long, you need characters who are compelling and able to connect with the audience.

I do not love the Dark Crystal - sorry, but I'd rather watch paint dry or grass grow.

The story is basic, and the visuals are exciting.

A Visually Stunning Fantasy Adventure .

Breathtaking and completely unique production design, and both uplifting and in parts genuinely disturbing.

And the special effects end up being pretty spectacular, especially during the chaotic literally earthshattering climax, while the finale is rather predictable, it is no less awe-inspiring for that.

The story does not do much to keep our attention; it was never Henson's priority, and it is as pat, predictable, and derivative as his creatures are fresh and innovative.

The voices,lighting,sounds and attention to details is breathtaking,and really the only drawback is the length,instead of too long,this one is much too short...

I know this is aimed at kids rather than thirtysomething year olds - but believe me, I tried watching this as a kid and fell asleep.

After watching the movie years ago, I thought it was boring.

But rewatching it recently, I was struck with how static and slow the damn thing is.

Albeit, the visuals are truly visual, and the story is bland enough to pass the grade.

It's incredible how much effort went into this movie, all starting with Brian Froud's stunning creature designs.

" Very boring villains.

The story is short and a bit empty, it almost feels like the heroes just wander around, just about suriving untill they stumble across their victory.

Here is another prime example of incredible storytelling through fantasy, this time by the mastermind Jim Henson himself who also created the absorbing and wonderful Labyrinth.

I thought it's an amazing planet/world with such fascinating creatures and places too.

As story it can teach a lesson in morality to children but the visuals and tone appear for the most part geared for entertaining adults.

But damn, if they had done a little more work on making the story more original and rewarding to follow - and made the lead character more than an empty shell with which to stitch together the plot - it could have been the masterpiece it sometimes appears to be.