“Once, long ago” in a world of unicorns, fairies, goblins, and demons, hidden in a dark lair, the Lord of Darkness instructs his goblin servant to locate the two unicorns that roam in the nearby forest and remove their horns. If the unicorns die, sunshine will never return.
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Not in any way brilliant, but you have to give credit to the filmmakers for trying to achieve a very particular vision of the Fantasy tale. It's intolerably cheesy at times and Tom Cruise has the charismatic presence of an oyster, but Tim Curry is brilliant as Darkness, Ridley Scott does a great job at the direction, and the dancing scene in the palace just has something sublime to it.
American release version One of the few films that I prefer the American version mainly due to the score here by Tangerine Dream. The film itself is a weird hybrid of fairy tale, horror story, allegory and kitsch that works despite its shortfalls. A triumph of art direction, cinematography and old school makeup effects. Curry and the exquisite Mia Sara make up for the blandness of Cruise. A beautiful gem.
Scott's most underrated work, but still well done & entertaining. Please watch the director's cut (with Goldsmith's score) because it has more of what should have been in the first place and a better ending!
The original cut, specifically, is a visual feast - one can gorge on the delicate, sparkling snows and majestic downpours for an hour and a half. Unfortunately, the editing is fragmented and unstable. The story is almost completely indecipherable at points. The director's cut from 2000 is quite a deal better in that regard. Awfully nice to watch, though.
The absolute definition of Interesting Failure. Desperately uneven, occasionally successful but all too often it falls flat. Let's just say that a sense of humor is not one of Scott's defining qualities. But there's no denying the beauty of the production and the brilliance of the makeup design, and Tim Curry's performance is a marvel.
Massive flaws but the directors cut is actually watchable and really ambitious. So many of the best ideas were discarded for budgetary reasons but some of what remains is truly magical. Terrible humor. Tim Curry is awesome as Darkness but everyone already knows that. The score by Goldsmith was rightly re-inserted and really enhances the film.
An enjoyable fairy-tale but there really isn't much more to it. I've only seen the director's cut version (with the forever doomed Scott, I always go with it if there's one) but I'm really disappointed that the original Tangerine Dream score is not in it. I like to think that this is what Deckard is dreaming about in "Blade Runner". There are actually some similar themes like immortality, love and unicorns obviously.