Watching The Dark Crystal is like wrapping yourself up in a nice, comfy blanket of wonderful 80's fantasy nostalgia.
You're sitting in a dark basement, full of pewter dragon incense holders, shelves lined with Tolkien knock-off fantasy novels and psychedelic, blacklight wizard posters; ready to watch a beloved film and then... Suddenly, you're asleep. You fall asleep and dream that you saw a good movie.
But you didn’t. You saw The Dark Crystal. A beautiful movie brimming with imagination, a variety of torture scenes, magical puppets, and incredible design work. But not much else. The story is pretty boilerplate and our protagonist is a useless vacuum. Who do they think they’re fooling with Jen? Kira is bilingual, she can fly and she knows what’s going on for pretty much the entirety of the film’s runtime. Put her in charge!
But despite its many, many flaws... I still like this movie. I’m that starved for fantasy content.