The first film where my teenage sights were put on the gorgeous Jennifer Connelly stealing my heart forever. The labyrinth itself is a superb visual moment and David Bowie add to the fun in a memorable villainous role as The Goblin King. It is a nice alternative to the well-used "Alice in Wonderland" story.
Once upon a time, in the mid 90s, we grew up watching this movie on our VHS tape every single night during our summer vacation. I bought the DVD years ago - so my 20 something self can see it all over again - and I was taken aback how horrible this movie was. But I still love David Bowie.
Watched Labyrinth for the first time via Mubi. It isn't a must-see, in my opinion, but it was fun and relaxing to watch. The Henson puppetry is (as usual) great to see, Bowie was his overly camp self and, for someone my age, the dated production values were nicely nostalgic.
A delightful fantasy adventure clearly inspired by The Wizard of Oz (the book appears in at least two scenes) and fairy tales (even a poisoned fruit is there), and its dated visual effects and cheesy musical numbers have a charm only found in these movies of the '80s. http://www.filmotrope.com
Labyrinth is both timeless and very much of its time. It is camp and bombastic; very much a child of the 80s, but with a playful and mischievous humour that is never far from the surface. What better way to pay homage to the late great man himself than to curl up on a Sunday afternoon and indulge yourself with this visual feast.
On paper the combination of Henson and Jones should work so well. I really wanted to like this but, aside from the occasional flash of anarchic inspiration and poignancy, this disappointed at so many levels: the lack of flow, awkward performances and (sorry) forgettable music - in short, a dearth of any real magic despite the involvement of such talent.
Un film magique et majestueux, pour enfants autant que pour les adultes! On y retrouve de belles réflexions sur l'amitié, sur l'importance du matériel dans notre vie, ainsi, étonnamment, que sur la violence conjugale et inter-personnelle en général (manipulation, contrôle, etc). On y apprend qu'en y allant par étapes, les plus grands défis peuvent être franchis. Et du côté technique, c'est extraordinaire! Bravo!
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.