Thursday, November 6, 2014

Movie Review: Krull

The Story: A hideous creature with a nightmarish flying castle settles onto a fantastical planet, seeking to conquer it as he has conquered many other planets. Soon the beast slaughters most of the planet’s inhabits and kidnaps a beautiful princess to be his bride. The prince who is engaged to the princess must gather up an army of outcasts so that he can fight back against the monster’s conquest and rescue his beloved.

My Thoughts: Krull deserves to be far better known and respected than it is. It is a bit like a mix between The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, and while it’s nowhere near equaling those films, it was perhaps the best live-action epic fantasy film for around two decades until The Lord of the Rings toppled it from its throne. The only movie that could compare was The Dark Crystal, which was technically live-action, but used elaborate puppetry to perform the characters.

Krull has many things going for it, including many spectacular special effects and a story with numerous original elements, such as the villain’s flying fortress and a unique cyclops. It also has a few significant flaws, including story holes, occasional stiff acting, and some special effects that look dated. Since the movie has so many brilliant moments and an adequate overall execution, I found it easy to see past the flaws and enjoy this fantasy classic. It is still one of the best fantasy films ever made.

Content Overview: Violent and scary scenes pop up frequently, but are generally mild. Polygamy, seduction, and other such topics are mildly referenced.

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