An angst-ridden teenage girl travels to a dangerous labyrinth, inhabited by a number of majestic creatures, to save her baby brother from the clutches of The Goblin King after she unintentionally wishes the boy be taken away from her.
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Jim Henson's 'Labyrinth' has only gotten better with age. On release its use of puppetry and traditional effects seemed quaint and childish but with time it stands as a fine example of storytelling, gaining maturity and imagination. With a story by Henson and Dennis Lee the film is more than a visual extravaganza featuring strong turns by leads Bowie and Connelly and superb work from the Henson workshop.
Its about twenty minutes too long, Bowie is really good at being a flamboyant pedophile. Considering how many "cooks" were involved, this was not too bad. Probably would have been better if Lucas wasn't involved, yep I went there.
The story is a little bit thin, but Jim Henson's puppets are - as always - incredible. There are two things I like in particular: David Bowie as cool and singing Goblin King ... and the nasty Bog of Eternal Stench.
I never saw Labyrinth until a couple weeks ago and I can't exactly say I feel like I should've seen it sooner. It felt like a cross between Dark Crystal and Pan's Labyrinth with a self-obsessed teenage drama student heckling throughout. David Bowie slumming it was kind of sad but the Terry Jones influence was noticeable and the highlight. Despite not loving Labyrinth I definitely miss Henson's touch.
I really enjoy it. Bowie doing his androgynous thing and fun Henson puppetry. It's got its flaws but Connelly will alway knock any film up a star for me. Wait...Day the Earth Stood Still...... nevermind.
For a film that transfixed me as a child, watching it now I can't work up the same enthusiasm - its oddly banal storytelling and apart from David Bowie's wicked fabulousness and his visible bulge, its not even remotely as subversive and imaginative as I remembered. Still I liked its cheesy 80s musical fantasia vibe and striking set design.