Continuing the fantasy/sci-fi trend of the previous "3 1/2 Minute Reviews" (the next one will culminate this approach before looking elsewhere), I cover The Dark Crystal, focusing on its ambivalent status as children's entertainment, my own diverse responses on different viewings, and the film's odd genre status. If you've never seen or even heard of this ghoulish fairy tale, a dazzling display of puppetry and animatronics, I encourage you to watch the video and check out the film (there are vague spoilers, I guess, but the outcome of this fable isn't really supposed to be a big surprise and I don't discuss the plot much at all). I also wrote a review of The Dark Crystal in 2012.
Vimeo upload & an additional note after the jump.
Due to a growing backlog and a special occasion, I'm going to post every weekday this week (although in the future I'm hoping to actually let the backlog keep building to give me some breathing room). In fact, I'm planning two posts for Wednesday - the second will go up tomorrow night to commemorate a year's worth of video essays, one reason I wanted to make sure this went up this morning. Update 3/24: Actually, the video essay round-up has been postponed, probably until next week.)