“The dreams of youth are the regrets of maturity. ” – The Lord of Darkness
Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Sep 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A young man living in the forest takes off on a quest to retrieve a stlen unicorn horn before the Lord of Darkness is able to take control of the world.
My Take on it – This is a film that I avoided seeing for decades because I just had no real desire to see it despite being a fan of fantasy quests.
My good friend Zenger suggested it to me and with his blessing I decided to take the plunge and watch this.
Unfortunately despite featuring Tom Cruise in one of his earliest roles and having Ridley Scott as director, this film feels like a very mediocre fantasy quest story.
The plot moves along way too slowly and some of the integral parts of a fantasy quest are blatantly missing.
I read that Scott wanted to get to the end of the quest quicker, so he cut out most of the journey itself.
This film seems to try and rely too much on the good looks of Cruise and Co-star Mia Sara instead of making it have an interesting storyline.
The irony is that the cinematography is beautiful to look at.
Unfortunately, looks aren’t everything and without a coherent plot, things just don’t really work here as well at they probably could have.
The best part of this film tho is Tim Curry who stands out among the whole cast and easily steals every scene he is in (like he usually does).
His performance alone makes this film worth watching at least once.
Bottom Line – Pretty mediocre fantasy film that relies too much on the looks of Sara and Cruise instead of giving us an interesting story. The cinematography is wondrous to watch but since it’s a moving picture, it would have been nice to also enjoy the plot revolving in this fantasy land. Curry stands out as the Lord of Darkness and makes this film worth at least one watch due to his amazing performance. Nice to look at, but that’s about it.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ridley Scott admits that comments made by some pot-smoking attendees at a screening got the director second-guessing himself, and influenced him to cut the film from 150 minutes to 98. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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