Apparently I was a goofy kid when I was younger, because this movie does not stand up well to the test of the time. It was one of those ones that I had the Scholastic novel for (by Alan Dean Foster) as well as the big super-size Marvel comic.
And I thought the glaive was an awesome freaking weapon.
Perhaps best known for Bullitt, director Peter Yates delves into the world of science-fiction and fantasy with this tale, that has some interesting things to offer.
First, a fantastic score by James Horner, who has always been a favorite composer.
Second, it sees the first, or least early roles for some very familiar faces, like Liam Neeson, Robbie Coltrane, and Alun Armstrong.
Some of the production values for the film, including the stop-motion work, some costumes, and the Black Fortress are brilliant, and look great, while others like shoddy blue-screen effects and rear-screen projections detract from the film.
Well, that and some poor acting, not to mention a decision by the head of Colombia pictures to have Lystte’s dialogue dubbed by an American actress.
The crux of the plot follows the arrival of the Beast’s Black Fortress on the planet Krull, where two families are uniting to fight the arrival by marrying their children to one another, Colwyn (Kenneth Marshall) and Lyssa. The marriage, specifically the ceremony of fire, is interrupted by the Beast’s soldiers known as Slayers.
Colwyn’s father is killed, his bride-to-be is taken to the Black Fortress, and the new king, Colwyn himself, is left for dead.
From there they need an army, and to learn where the Black Fortress will rise (it moves at sunrise each morning).
One of the faults, that I picked out this time, is that none of the clothes, sets, or environments look lived in, that too can take you out of the ‘reality’ being created in this film.
I’m not always a fan of reboots, or remakes, but I think this one could be prime real estate for a remake, you could make this film a full on expansive fantasy action epic, but this time around with a stronger script and better effects, and a cameo from Lysette wouldn’t be remiss either, this time with her actual accent.
Did you see it?
Or what film from your past have you revisited to find it isn’t what you thought?