Film Review: Krull (1983)

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Krull is an ambitious fantasy adventure that throws a slew of familiar staples into a well trodden tale. But what it lacks in originality Krull makes up in style and spirit. Ken Marshall plays Colwyn, a young prince who must rescue his bride-to-be from a galactic Beast. Marshall brings a little Errol Flynn to the role, but the screenplay remains too superficially archetypal for any truly memorable characters to develop.

The cast also includes Liam Neeson and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid from the Harry Potter films) in early film roles, as well as eccentric British actor Freddie Jones, and the lovely Francesca Annis as the doomed Widow of the Web (one of my favorite parts of the movie).

Krull excels in its aesthetic accomplishments. The sets and wardrobes are bold and original in their design, and James Horner serves up the best score in his entire career. The visual effects are also pretty impressive for a fantasy film from the pre-digital era.

Rating: 3.5/5 ★★★½☆ 

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Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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