October 21, 2011

The Dark Crystal

Title: The Dark Crystal
Year: 1982
Length: 93 minutes
Directors: Jim Henson & Frank Oz
Writer: David Odell; story by Jim Henson
Starring: Jim Henson (performer); Stephen Garlick (voice)
With: Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz (performers); Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards, Barry Dennen (voices)
Music: Trevor Jones
Cinematography: Oswald Morris
Editing: Ralph Kemplen
I saw it: on video many times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: an orphan is sent on a quest to save the world from creepy-ass bird monsters

My reaction
Concept: 4/4 (Great)
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 2/4 (Indifferent). "And now I will explain to you what is going on in this scene, because people clearly do not get this stuff."
Pacing: 3/4 (Good)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 4/4 (Great). Um... yeah.
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 10/10 (Favorite of my favorites, 4/4 5/4). How did this ever get made? Here's a tip: when releasing a groud-breaking film with the potential to transform cinema, don't open it opposite fucking E.T.. Just sayin', might make you look bad.
Objective Rating (Average): 3.3/4 3.4/4 (Very good)

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