Review: ‘Krull’

Although inoffensively designed only to please the senses and appeal to one's whimsical sense of adventure, Krull nevertheless comes off as a blatantly derivative hodgepodge of Excalibur meets Star Wars. Lavishly mounted at a reported cost of $27 million, the collection of action set pieces never jells into an absorbing narrative.

Although inoffensively designed only to please the senses and appeal to one’s whimsical sense of adventure, Krull nevertheless comes off as a blatantly derivative hodgepodge of Excalibur meets Star Wars. Lavishly mounted at a reported cost of $27 million, the collection of action set pieces never jells into an absorbing narrative.

Plot is as old as the art of story-telling itself. Young Prince Colwyn (Ken Marshall) falls heir to a besieged kingdom, but must survive a Ulysses-scaled series of tests on the way to rescuing his beautiful bride from the clutches of the Beast, whose army of slayers imperils his journey every step of the way.

Crucial to Colwyn’s quest is his recovery of the glaive, a razor-tipped, spinning boomerang which will enable him to combat the Beast. This fancy piece of magical jewelry holds the same importance as the Excalibur sword did for Arthur.

Professionalism of director Peter Yates, the large array of production and technical talents and, particularly, the mainly British actors keep things from becoming genuinely dull or laughable.

Krull

Production

Columbia. Director Peter Yates; Producer Ron Silverman; Screenplay Stanford Sherman; Camera Peter Suschitzky; Editor Ray Lovejoy; Music James Horner; Art Director Stephen Grimes

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 117 MIN.

With

Ken Marshall Lysette Anthony Freddie Jones Francesca Annis Alun Armstrong David Battley
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