Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at The Dark Crystal… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
The Dark Crystal
1982 was one of the best years for cinema, so many now classic films from Conan, TRON, Blade Runner, ET, Rocky III and of course Jim Henson’s first live-action movie that featured no humans on screen. The first of its kind and probably still the only one of its kind.
Dark Crystal is often remembered for scaring the crap out of many kids growing up and is fondly remembered for that reason alone. It was extremely dark for a kids’ film and pushed it as far as it could without upsetting its audience. The story itself is very simple and straight forward, which it’s designed to be, a very simple kids’ story in the style of the Grimm’s fairy tales and borrows from Tolkien. The movie still sells well on DVD because its been re-released loads of times in numerous collector’s sets. Let’s take a trip back to the Dark Crystal and see why it still resonates with its audiences.