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Monday, May 23, 2011

Movie Review # 84 Crystalstone (1988)

Writer: Antonio Pelaez
Director: Antonio Pelaez
Cast: Sydney Bromley, Frank Grimes, Kamlesh Gupta, Laura Goodwin

Rotten Tomatoes: 58% Audience
IMDb: 5.6/10 Stars
Netflix: 2.9 Stars

Crystalstone is a movie that is relatively unheard of outside of a few enthusiasts of adventure movies. Which I fall in the former I had never heard of it till today. Which is surprising as it takes parts from Goonies and Treasure Island and mesh's them together for the most part. Be it in a overly predictable way.

The story is of two orphans Pablo and Maria who are to be split up by their cruel and evil Aunt after the death of their mother. Upon hearing this the two children leave in order to stay together that starts them on a grand adventure. As they meet an Old Man on a train played by the Late Sydney Bromley. Who is best known for this role as Engywook the maniacal and crazy Scientist in The NeverEnding Story.

Sadly this was also his last film of his illustrious career as he passed just months after the completion of this movie. Fortunately for me and for you the viewer it was one of his more memorable roles. As he told the story of the Crystalstone and set the children on their path to discover it and ultimately find the one thing they needed most a family.

It is this heartfelt message that is apparent through out. That love and family not jewels are what are important.  As far as the rest of the movie it is predictable, silly and perfect for kids. But and I emphasize this but here. There are scenes that will be terrifying to some children especially the scenes with "Hook" as he is brutish, scary and evil. Thankfully though his scenes are short and gone soon after we meet him in the film

Outside of him the rest of the film is fairly innocent. With one exception and it is something I just have to point out. The children do rob a grave and if you look closely the supposed corpse's eyes move and he also smirks. It was funny and made me literally rewind that one segment just to see if it was true. Which it was and it is this kind of enjoyment you can find through out.

From the bar bending in the jail. To the man with the Hook being flipped revealing his hand. These B-Film mistakes are what makes these films so much more than just movies. They are the reasons we love B-Films. I will admit I loved this movie and found great enjoyment in it. As will most parents out there. So if you are a fan of the Goonies give this movie a shot and see the enjoyment that is here with the Crystalstone.

My Rating: 3.25/5 Stars

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