2/12/2013 10:37:44 PM
Great review of a very entertaining flick.
2/13/2013 3:36:57 AM
2/9/2013 11:18:42 AM
Cecil this movie is as well known for its cheesy dialogue as it's cheesy CGI. But the set designs still hold up today as very impressive. Like you I liked the female lead and wish her voice wouldn't have been dubbed over. Unlike a lot of properties this one could stand for at least a more polished remake, not that needs it but expanding the story to a TV series by a network like SyFy would at least add more meat to the characters and the story. For top five unique weapons I'd put the Glaive in with bola, three sectional staff, twin tiger hooks and trebuchet, with honourable (I'm Canadian that's how we spell things) going to caltrops, nine point spear and cat-o-nine-tails.
2/13/2013 3:35:55 AM
If they gave it a reboot in the way that Syfy did with Battlestar Gallactica, where they upped the production value and actually kept the story as the most important aspect...well then I'd be on board. Most likely, it will be a lame loose retelling of the same story, only this time with lots of teal/orange, cgi, and Ergo would have a much bigger part as the annoying wisecracking sidekick.
2/7/2013 2:54:14 AM
Krull to me is one of the great near miss fantasy films. It is overambitious and has some gaping flaws but it had a unique look. It had the potential to be a great movie but, over all, however, it does not fit together its various parts into a winning whole, I loved the fate of the cyclops' and the Glave is a perfect fantasy weapon. The beast however is a bug eyed monster right out of fifties sci-fi. What does an alien want with our women? Would it even be possible for the beast and the princess to mate? The princess is the weakest link in the movie. She is reduced to looking fetching and being helpless while being menaced by a creepy alien. About as far from Princess Leia as one can possibly get. I found her so vapid that I questioned the heroes losing so many men to get her back. Surely there are hotter women in the kingdom. Ones that don't go all helpless in the face of adversity. She is the ONLY major female role in the film and she has nothing to do!I loved your review as always. You give movies like this the attention and detail they deserve.
3/5/2014 1:03:52 PM
The princess is not as helpless as you make out. In the very scene where she gets kidnapped she is doing all she can to help the soldiers to fight off their attackers. She even grabs a sword herself and is ready to use it only to find that her soldiers have been taken out by the heavily armoured guys with guns and she is now outnumbered and outmatched.When she is witihn the blakc fortress she continually wanders about the place looking for a way out until she becomes imprisoned witihn that one room. She doesnt spend her time weeping and despairing but instead remains optimistic and stands up to the beast rejecting his advances and arguing back. In order to defeat the beat Alyssa has to give Colwyn the fire she still holds in her hand. She gives him the power to win though it would ahve been great if she could have had magical flame thrower powers as well.She isnt the most active, independant or outspoken heroine but she isnt entirely weak or helpless either.
2/9/2013 4:47:13 AM
They still went with the old classic damsel in distress. If they remade it now I'm sure one of the bandits would be a woman. I believe the beast used the women to help conquer the planet. Once he got them to submit to him he could take over the world. They touched on this lightly but never went too far into it. I wish there was some deleted scenes or something out there that explains it further.
3/5/2014 12:49:10 PM
The beast wanted the princess in particular because of a prophecy that said her first born son would grow up to rule the galaxy and he liked the idea of that. Since he is seen assuming Prince Colwyns form at one point to try and tempt her then i assume he could mate with her or else use some of his alien technology to get the same result. Interestingly the prophecy is only mentioned by Ynr the old one during the opening and closing narration and during his scene with the widow of the web so even though the beast is aware of the prophecy (why else would he go to a backwater planet and kidnap the princess?) Prince Colwyn, his companions, and princess Alyssa are ignorant of the prophecy.
2/7/2013 1:16:25 AM
Overflowing with ideas? Too ambitious?? You've got to be kidding, Cecil. This isn't a good bad movie, it's just a bad one. The ideas are largely raided from other fantasy projects, there are no particularly interesting characters or themes (or ideas) of any kind in the film. The Glade is simply a shirken--nothing any fan of fantastic Asian cinema hasn't seen before. It died a well-deserved death at the box office for failing to tell a really engaging story. What possible fresh ideas or ambitions can you see in this film? I think you are probably too caught up in what thrilled you as a 10 year-old to really see this film objectively.
2/9/2013 4:45:00 AM
I think you'll see in the comments here I'm not the only one who still likes this movie. I'm not blinded by nostalgia. When putting these together I have to sit though the film multiple times and occasionally some movies that I did like in the past just don't make it through. This one, however, still hold up for me. Sure, some of the effects are dated but overall it is sound. I think in another 20 years it will look better than some of the CGI heavy flicks we have now. As far as the overflowing with ideas comment, what I was saying was they had constructed this whole world with its own rules. Fantastic creatures existed, humans could live thousands of years, aliens, etc. They had a lot going on and not enough time to really explain it all in the 2 hour structure. If they would have done a sequel they could have filled in more of the history of the planet. Also, I still stand by my statement that the glaive is one of the coolest weapons ever. Its more than just a throwing star. Oh well, to each their own! Not every movie is for everyone.
2/6/2013 5:53:22 AM
I remember this movie as one of the first videos I hired for my then new Betamax.
2/9/2013 4:47:45 AM
Holy crap beta!
2/10/2013 12:04:48 AM
To be fair, Betamax was a better quality product but too many people had already adopted VHS to make it viable in the long term.
2/5/2013 2:46:02 PM
I love this movie.
2/5/2013 9:43:14 PM
Its a classic. :)
2/5/2013 1:06:11 PM
Minor point - "Ayres" Rock is pronounced (at least by Australians) like "airs", not "eye-urs".
2/5/2013 8:45:15 PM
I had a feeling I was saying that wrong. Oh well thanks for the fyi.
2/6/2013 11:49:55 AM
2/5/2013 6:31:48 AM
Fantasy/sci-fi crossover movies just seem very inherently 80s to me. There's this movie, Yor: The Hunter From the Future, and if we're being honest the Star Wars trilogy fits that description too. The glaive looks extremely cool, but it also seems kind of impractical as a weapon- with the five evenly-spaced blades, you have to hold it so that one blade is basically pointing directly at your own wrist. Oh, and that Nestle commercial you worked in triggered some strange nostalgic neurons deep in my brain that remember that ad and were just waiting for the right stimulus to be reawakened. Thanks for the review, and Krull is going onto my Netflix queue.
2/5/2013 8:49:12 PM
Yor just goes off the deep end. Its fantasy for a good portion and then all the sudden it goes headfirst into lasers and spaceships. The Glaive all very much style over practicality. I image there was a lot of accidental slashings due to that bottom blade. hehehe, I'm glad the Nestle bit went over well but now I have some folks cursing me because the tune is stuck in their head after being out for decades. Awesome! I hope you like it.
2/5/2013 4:36:59 AM
ALL HAIL THE GLAIVE
2/5/2013 8:49:18 PM
2/5/2013 4:14:54 AM
Bless you for this review. As you mention, it does have some flaws, it could've been done better in a number of ways, but it is a fun, exciting adventure movie with some neat ideas in it and I don't think it deserves to be written off as a failure or a joke the way it so often is.
2/5/2013 8:49:54 PM
Thanks! I'm so happy there are others that agree. This movie kicks ass and shouldn't be written off.
2/5/2013 3:53:30 AM
I wonder if this had any connection to the Filmation He-Man cartoon, which was also an extreme fusion of fantasy and sci-fi.
2/5/2013 8:50:13 PM
I think it was just a style that was popular at the time.
2/5/2013 1:53:57 AM
Saw this movie in the theaters back in the day. Then immediately afterwards my buds and I worked the glaive into our D&D campaign.And why did they call it a "glaive" anyway? A glaive is a polearm type weapon. That always bugged me.
2/5/2013 8:52:39 PM
I think everyone did. If I remember correctly out DM had a lich using a glaive and we had to kill the lich to get the glaive to defeat the...probably a dragon, I don't totally remember. Some of the concept art was like a sword and some was more like a traditional glaive. Most likely they just liked the name and kept it when then device changed designs.
2/4/2013 10:47:09 PM
Did you chipmunk your voice or was there a clip of somebody else in there?
2/5/2013 1:40:20 AM
Just me and some pitch shifting :)
2/4/2013 9:24:13 PM
I remember back in the day this movie got epic rotation on cable. You could see this thing all year around, it felt like. I don't hate the movie, but I'm not exactly a fan of it, either. I think if they had addressed some of the flaws you pointed out (Like getting The Glaive later in the film. Heck, have The Beast trying to get The Glaive first, make it a race! And yeah, the minions are so slow and easily slain you do wonder how this guy conquers planets.) maybe it would be held in higher regard today.As always, love the review.
2/5/2013 1:41:51 AM
Thanks! Not perfect no, but still brimming with content. I'd rather watch a marathon of this than any of the Transformers.
2/8/2013 6:55:32 AM
Yeah, I'd rather watch this than any of the Transformer flicks any day. You'd have to put a gun to my head to make me watch that crap.
2/9/2013 4:48:10 AM
The only way I watch the Transformers now is with Rifftrax.
2/4/2013 9:17:36 PM
Like Tron, what I like best about this film was the video games it inspired. Specifically the arcade version. I would spent hours at my arcade playing the games based on both films.
2/5/2013 8:54:07 PM
Shortly after seeing the film I was lucky enough to beg my folks into buying me the game for Atari. It was grand. The music was quite good for an atari game. I used to play it all the time.
2/4/2013 4:49:23 PM
Ah, one of my favorites. It's probably a little too ambitious for its own good but that's not always a bad thing.
2/4/2013 6:26:34 PM
I'd rather take too ambitious over the lazy cash ins we've been getting lately!
2/4/2013 8:58:48 AM
Oh man KRULL!! This movie rocks my socks! Flaming horsey fangasm!
2/4/2013 6:25:08 PM
lol hell yeah!
2/4/2013 7:03:13 AM
I saw this movie a couple of months ago and I was surprised how fun it was . There is a lot of stuff thrown in, but it's a great watch nonetheless. It was on Netflix when I saw it, so if you have Netflix you should definitely check it out
2/4/2013 6:25:51 PM
Exactly. The movie is a ton of fun and has some cool concepts.
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