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Cheese Galore, But Still Wonderful!

  • Apr 30, 2005
Take the whiz-bang fantasy of films like the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, mix in two parts "Star Wars," and add a pinch of modest flicks like "Legend," and you have the perfect formula for "Krull." Though the cheese factor is quite high, Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, and friends make the best of this fantasy/sci-fi flick.

Ten times better than the schlock on SciFi Channel, "Krull" has a little something for everyone. There's a nasty bad guy(The Beast) who is intent on taking over the universe with his floating fortress and his army of Slayers. Standing in the way is the love of Prince Colwyn and Princess Lyssa, which is said to bring about a future universal ruler and one of the coolest toys in the world of fantasy....the Glaive! There's a band of rogues who help Colwyn along the way. This group features future "Darkman" and "Schindler's List" star, Liam Neeson and future "Harry Potter" good guy Robbie Coltrane. There's a little swordplay, a little magic, and a little deception(gotta love the shapeshifters).

The acting isn't the best in the world, and neither are the special effects, but the story is interesting enough to move the picture along. Others have accused this film of ripping off films like "Star Wars" and novels such as "The Lord Of The Rings" books, but keep in mind that all of these stories, and just about every flick ever made for that matter, have borrowed something from other stories. Also, the tale of a prince searching for his damsel-in-distress has been around since storytellers first told tales.

The extras on this DVD are pretty limited. I haven't listened to the commentaries, because I'm not a big fan of such things, but the "Journey To Krull" featurette is a nice addition, and the obligatory photo galleries, trailers, etc. are all par for the course.

In closing, youngsters might be turned off by this movie since it honestly isn't up to par with its contemporaries of the time in both story and special effects. I won't argue with anyone that this film isn't as good as any of the "Star Wars" films, and it can't hold a candle to "Lord Of The Rings," but it is still a good film in its own right. If you grew up during this time, and still remember flicks like "Willow" and "Excalibur," you're guaranteed to fall in love with this treasure of the 80's.

Highly recommended to the over twenty crowd who remember when this flick came out.

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review by . February 03, 2002
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... KRULL isn't a terrible movie (believe me, there are a lot of worse films out there, even in the sci-fi field... However, nor is it that good of a movie either. The premise of the film is interesting: evil dark lord kidnaps newly married queen and her presumed dead king seeks to find her. Well, that's not interesting, the interesting part is that the dark lord's castle keeps moving to a different location on the planet of Krull every 24hrs and only one or two people know where its going to show …
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There's something inescapably appealing about this camp 1983 Star Wars-meets-The Lord of the Rings knockoff that encourages the viewer to overlook its many silly shortcomings and simply enjoy the fun. James Horner's rollicking music score certainly helps, as does the epic-scale CinemaScope photography of the breathtaking Italian landscapes. The costumes and extravagant production design are also great to look at, and much of Derek Meddings's visual effects work still looks striking. Freddie Jones stands head and shoulders above the rest of the cast as the wise Ynyr, while the two romantic leads, Ken Marshall as Prince Colwyn and Lysette Anthony (with an overdubbed American voice) as Princess Lyssa, are mere formalities on which to hang the plot. The all-British supporting cast includes Todd Carty, Bernard Bresslaw, Robbie Coltrane, Liam Neeson, and the gorgeous Francesca Annis. If you feel the need for some escapist sword-and-sorcery fantasy, then Krull delivers in full measure.--Mark Walker
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Director: Peter Yates
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: July 29, 1983
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Stanford Sherman
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
Runtime: 120 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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