The Dark Crystal (1982)

9.0 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Acting: 9/10
Visuals: 9/10

Great visuals, good story, realistic characters


Movie Info

Movie Name: The Dark Crystal

Studio: Jim Henson Productions

Genre(s): Action/Adventure/Family

Release Date(s): December 17, 1982

MPAA Rating: PG


Seriously? I have to save the world? Man, I just want to play my flute.

“When single shines the triple sun, what was sundered and undone shall be whole, the two made one…by Gelfling hand or else by none”. When the Great Conjunction is begins to approach the planet of Thra, an age-old prophesy puts fear in the heart of the Skeksis with the appearance of two surviving Gelflings: Jen and Kira. Now, the Skeksis must kill Jen and Kira to ensure their survival and to protect the Dark Crystal from ever being restored. Jen has been thrust into a mission that he never expected when he was raised by the Mystics and learns he isn’t alone in the world, but is it enough to restore the Dark Crystal?

Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, The Dark Crystal was a fantasy adventure film.  The film became a sleeper hit of 1982. The movie never was number one, but it remained in the top ten for weeks after its release. The reviews were positive, but some were worried that it was too dark for children when compared to Henson’s Muppets.

The Dark Crystal was one of my childhood movies.  I had records and books of the story and loved The Dark Crystal because it is dark.  Now, years later, I still love the film and think it is one of the better adventure films for kids.


I’m waiting for landstriders to become the primary form of transportation

The movie scared me enough as a child without really being threatening, but it also was neat looking. Henson’s effects and combination of live action with his Muppets created a nice blend that really endowed the characters with life. Jen, Kira, Aughra, the Chamberlain, and the Skeksis all feel very real. They feel like they have lives and it is easy to forget they are puppets.

The story is also a smart adventure with Jen as the typical Hero with a Thousand Faces on a quest to essentially save the world. Like most heroes he is full of doubt but finds the courage to do what is necessary. As a kid, it is always nice to see that these type of characters can screw-up, trust the wrong people, and still succeed.


Hey, why don’t we just put a big fence & tent around the Dark Crystal until the conjunction?

The Dark Crystal really seemed to create a world and provided a nice escape to a childhood filled with Star Wars. It also goes to show how things change because I can’t remember a single toy based on the movie. It is just a nice strong fantasy. I never was able to get into Labyrinth…Henson’s other big non-Muppet fantasy, but The Dark Crystal worked. There have been comic book adaptations and plans for a sequel for years, but as of yet, nothing has surfaced.

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