The Dark Crystal is a Fantasy film from 1982 directed and written by Jim Henson, and artistically designed by the legendary fantasy artist Brian Froud. The story is a dark tale about a splitting of the world into two, good and evil, and how this has caused evil to rule and destroy the world. It is up to the Gelfling Jen to bring the two parts back together by healing the dark crystal.
The film was marketed as a family film, but it is quite dark, not disturbingly so, but the evil Skesis are really evil, and also quite gross and “monstery”, so I would not necessarily call it a family friendly film, at least not suitable for very young children.
It is also noteworthy to mention that the film’s special effects ( known as animatronics) was considered quite groundbreaking when it was released, and I can certainly see why. I love these old movies, completely free of today’s computerized special effects and, often poorly done, animation. You can really see the magnificent artistry that has gone into hand-making every little detail in this film, and it is for that reason I just fell in love with it! You really are in a different universe when you watch it, a universe highly influenced by the amazing imagination of the incredible Brian Froud.
I particularly loved the character of Kira and her friendly monster-dog Fizzgig, she was the hero of the movie for me. I love how she could talk to animals, break them free from cages and summon them to her aid, I also loved that it was she who saved herself and Jen over and over again.
The adorable Podlings were also amazing! And the scene of the Podling party was my favorite scene in the entire movie (until the evil Garthim came and ruined it all 😠😠!)
Oh, and I just have to mention that at the end of the movie, in one of the final scenes, I literally screamed at the screen: “JUST HEAL THE CRYSTAL!!!!”, I mean, I screamed really loudly (I hope the neighbors didn’t hear me 😳)
So, of course, if you haven’t already guessed it by now, I absolutely adored this amazing movie! And I would highly recommend it to everyone, especially, if you like me, love the world of Faery and Fantasy!
When it comes to age…I would have loved this film even as young as 6-7 year old, but I was not very scared of monsters when I was little, so maybe I can say that it is suitable for ages 10 and up (it is just fantasy after all, and I think by that age most kids can tell the difference between fantasy and reality).