The Dark Crystal is missing a piece, a shard, and if it isn’t returned and made whole before the suns align then the evil Sheksis will live forever and rule over the land as tyrants. The good guys, the Mystics, have been preparing for this day, knowing the prophecy must be filled by the Gelfling boy, Jen, they’ve raised since his entire race was slaughtered (by the Sheksis). Can he find the shard? And when he does, will he know what to do with it? Throw in a girl for luck, and we have an adventure.
I didn’t mind this.
I’m just not a fan of these puppets.
How could the creator of so many lovable characters on Sesame Street dream up these grotesque beings? The designs of the beasts are disturbing. Not sure I’m going to sleep at all after this.
The story is pretty straightforward; good versus evil. A young man must find courage and go on an adventure to save the world from evil. He’ll meet friends and foes along the way, but as long as he listens to his heart he’ll always choose the right course.
Very bulk standard.
Same with the script, nothing really stands out except for one part. “Wings? Why don’t I have wings?” Jen says. “Because you’re a boy,” replies the girl. Loved that part. Otherwise it was blah. Actually, it feels like they really dumbed it down for the audience, so that’s annoying. They find out what to do with the crystal from a stone carving and it sounds oh so simple. Blah. Couldn’t they have been more creative?
I would not recommend this for children, even though it has a G rating. It still comes back to those creepy puppets.
The performances were great, very well-rehearsed. And a lot of effort in the design of the characters as well as the backgrounds, makes it very real. This is where they spent most of their time and energy and it shows. The story and script might be lacking but it’s everything else that shines and show the true imaginative powers of Jim Henson and his team.
Again, those puppets are freaking me out and I can’t say that you should watch this if you’re like me and don’t like those things. Great imagination, same as always adventure story, but puppets. Ugh, if this made your childhood awesome, you mustn’t be afraid of anything.