Netflix is not immune to the Hollywood obsession of plunging back into the past for a dose of nostalgia in their entertainment programming. This time, they reach a cult territory with a rebirth of The dark crystal, the fantasy adventure movie of Jim Henson which fascinated the public in 1982 and continues to be a favorite of many moviegoers. But instead of your average feature suite, Netflix unleashes The dark crystal: the age of the resistance, a series of series preceding a distribution of stars and puppets at the forefront of technology.
Executive producer Lisa Henson was joined by the director Louis Leterrier and the stars Taron Egerton and Mark Hamill to talk about how the unpredictable series of prequel got to The dark crystal age of resistance Comic-Con, and they showed the participants the first episode of the Netflix series. See our reaction to the first episode of The dark crystal: the age of the resistance below.
The reaction of the first episode of the dark crystal
One of the remarkable aspects of Jim Henson's original 1982 film is that it plunges you into the rich and sprawling world of Thra with hardly more explanation than a quick tale. So similar to the worlds of high fantasy that we have seen before and yet so alien in its use of inhuman protagonists portrayed only by puppets, The dark crystal was of excessive density to the point of being confusing. This is not the case with Netflix The dark crystal: the age of the resistance. As dark, gnarled, and bizarre as Henson's ambitious original, Age of resistance It also offers a much easier entry point for new fans, as well as offering one of the most breathtaking and fascinating stories in recent times.
I must admit that I was ambivalent to the original film, which I saw recently and so I have no nostalgic affection for (although I admired his daring). But I was completely fascinated by The dark crystal: the age of resistance. The beginning of the first episode is certainly awkward – perhaps paying tribute to the solemn narrative "high fantasy" of the original film – it gives the kickoff to an introduction to the lavish world by a striking animation that transports you through different parts of the world, like pieces on a table game board. We discover Aughra, a character from the original film who embodies the planet Thra and protects her heart, the Crystal of Truth, until she is brought to give the Crystal to the wicked Skeksis. The Skeksis present themselves as the revered lords of the crystal and use it secretly to prolong their lives. But their evil activities go unnoticed in the eyes of the three different clans of Gelflings, these peaceful and slender humanoids who play the role of protagonists of the franchise. The first clan is a race of warriors that exists to serve the Skeksis, the second is a just and wise clan, and the third is an underground people in contact with the mystical nature of the world.
Lost again? The first five minutes of introduction had almost been done to me, but I was quickly impressed by the majesty of the series about practical effects and puppet theater, and its fascinating story about three Gelflings who suspect that something is wrong.
We first meet the evil Rian (Egerton), guardian of the Skeksis Crystal Castle, who implements his master's plan to exploit the essence of the Gelflings to realize the immortality that the Crystal had previously granted them . Thousands of years of Skeksis using the crystal to prolong their lives have exhausted and begin to poison the rest of Thra with a plague called "The Darkening", which makes rabid animals and soil toxic. Facing a decreasing source of energy, Emperor Skeksis (Jason Isaacs) instructs the scientist (Hamill) to find another method to preserve their immortality, which leads them to capture a Gelfling, Mira (Alicia Vikander), a palace guard and Rian's girlfriend, killed during the experiment. Horrified to see his death, Rian fled when he was sighted by the Skeksis.
The second protagonist of Gelfling is Brea (Anya Taylor-Joy), a naive and dreamy princess of Gelfling, her head buried in books, and she venerates the Skeksis. Her unbridled curiosity outweighs her when she rushes into the carriage of a visiting lord skeksis, who invites her to her graces for her delight. But when she witnesses the alarming and ruthless treatment of the Skeksis against a Gelfling subject, she experiences a strange vision and begins to investigate their story in Thra.
The last of the trio is Deet (Nathalie Emmanuel), a soft underground Gelfling that is attacked by the very animals it deals with because of a strange poisoning of the moss it eats. By fleeing the animals, she stumbles into a tree sanctuary, which reveals to her the nature of The Darkening and offers her a vision of the future before sending her in search of ways to prevent the fall of Thra.
The first episode is the series that establishes its pied-à-terre, but it is amazing how this pied-à-terre is insured. Despite the multiplication of scenarios and the presentation of a large set of characters, Age of resistance is remarkably easy to handle. Despite the complex mythology typical of the high fantasy genre, it works completely in the moment. The episode takes up the themes of spirituality and nature that are altered by the pervasive force of modernity at Studio Ghibli – which can be seen in the complex design of the production. The gloomy, ancient designs of the Skeksis' castles and cars contrast sharply with the organic styles of the Gelfling buildings. Age of resistance is deeply beautiful, full of rich, warm colors and stunning environments that intermingle perfectly with the handy puppets. Still, there are times when the series gets really strange, devoting many minutes and a lot of fake slime to show a Skeksis character blowing miles of snot. It's strange and frankly a miracle that Age of resistance exist. But the fact is in a magic word.
The rest of the cast includes Gelfling characters cast by Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Dickie Harris, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Toby Jones, Theo James, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Mark Strong.
Meanwhile, the rest of the wicked Skeksis will be played by Harvey Fierstein, Ralph Ineson, Keegan-Michael Key, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Simon Pegg, and Andy Samberg.
Netflix also announced recently Lena Headey like Maudra Fara, Benoît Wong as a general, Awkwafina as the collector, Sigourney Weaver as a Myth-Speaker, Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the wasp) as Naia, and Dave Goelz like Baffi, a Fizzgig.
Based on The dark crystal, Jim Henson's 1982 feature film, The dark crystal: the age of the resistance tells a new epic story, taking place many years before the events of the film and performed with the help of classic puppets with advanced visual effects. The world of Thra is dying. The crystal of truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But he is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis and a disease is spreading across the country. When three Gelfling discover the awful truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion ignite and an epic battle for the planet unfolds.
The dark crystal: the age of the resistance will hit Netflix on August 30, 2019.
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