Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal released in 1982 is a phenomenal and ambitious movie in the fantasy genre, and an overall cinematic achievement that should never be forgotten.
The plot of The Dark Crystal is that two races have emerged, and the world of Thra is in chaos as result of “The Dark Crystal” being broken. The two races are known as the Mystics, and the Skeksis. The Skeksis have become the leaders of Thra, and are responsible for why Thra’s current state is in ruin (they enslave podlings, and have nearly lead the Geflings to extinction), while the Mystics have distance themselves from the Skeksis, and live in peace. 1,000 years have passed, and a prophecy in which a surviving Gelfing must restore “The Dark Crystal” before the great conjunction happens, or else the Skeksis will forever rule Thra begins as the main character of this movie Jen (a Gefling) has been chosen by the dying leader of the Mystics to fulfill the prophecy by finding the shard of the crystal, and prevent the great conjunction from occurring.
The reason why I love this movie so much is because of how much passion and effort Jim Henson and his Creature Shop put into the making of it as it features everything that’s needed in order to make a wonderful film such as good writing, good special effects, good acting, and good music.
The practical effects used for this movie help show the level of talent of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop as the animatronics and puppets look very real with lot’s of detail put into them. And even though this film was made in 1982, In my opinion, the effects still hold up.
Trevor Jones’s music is haunting and epic which perfectly fits the tone and setting in The Dark Crystal.
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal is a film in the fantasy genre that is a good example of proper film-making and storytelling, and a film I strongly recommend watching no matter what if you love movies made in the 1980’s.
I give The Dark Crystal 2 Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.