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"Give me essence of Gelfling, GELFLING!!!"
Dark Crystal (DVD)
Member Name: Mcdaddy
Dark Crystal (DVD)
Date: 16/03/01, updated on 16/03/01 (128 review reads)
Advantages: Touching storyline, amazing effects for when it was made!
Disadvantages: Henson never made more of the same!
This has to be the film I remember best from my long distant childhood, the reason being is that it is a masterpiece made up of a combination of script, animatronics, and the magical touch of Jim Henson himself.
The story opens in a long forgotten time, chaos rains on this distant World, with a prophecy about to come to its fruition, with the alignment of the three suns heralding the end of all hope and the reign of evil forever.
The prophecy states that when the three suns unite and shine down onto the Dark Crystal a magical light will reflect from it, and if the light is unpure and falls on one that is also unpure then evil will reign forever. And in this case evil comes in the form of the twisted 'Skekses', a race of evil bird like creatures that for centuries have fed of the essence of Gelfling's, a race of 'fairy' people, to keep themselves young.
The only way to prevent the doom of the prophecy is to heal the Dark Crystal, as it was damaged long ago, and a shard of it is missing making it unpure. This shard is worn by one of only two surviving Gelfling's, a boy called Jen.
Jen has been protected by the good and loving 'Mystics', the Ying to the Yang of the Skekses, hidden away, as the Mystics know that Jen is the key to restoring peace to their World. Little does Jen know but he is wearing the missing shard of the Dark Crystal, and with it he has the power to heal the World. The only thing he has to do is make it to the Dark Tower without being captured by the Skekses who will suck out his life-force and drink it to stay young, or be killed by any other monsters on the way.
Later in the film Jen bumps into something he would never have expected, Kira, a female Gelfling. And much to his surprise she has wings! Together the two of them continue their quest to heal the Crystal. Will they be able to do it in time, or will the Skekses feed from them as they two know the prophecy, and
know that Gelflings are said to bring their downfall.
This film was a first of its kind for a cast made up of solely animatronics, and then presented as a motion picture, and led the way for other masterpieces such as 'Labyrinth'. The storyline is amazingly touching, and I highly recommend everyone to have the story of 'The Dark Crystal' touch your lives.