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Director: Jim Henson
Screenwriter: Terry Jones
Based on: The story by Dennis Lee and Jim Henson
Year: 1986
Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud

David Bowie in tights and leather boots, muppets out the wazoo, fun, adventure, and music. That’s the appeal of Labyrinth.

‘Tis the story of a young girl who accidentally wishes her little brother Toby into the clutches of the goblins and the Goblin King (Bowie), and her subsequent adventure through his Labyrinth to get her little brother back. Along the way, she learns to stop taking things for granted, meets new friends, and figures out that things sometimes aren’t fair, but that’s just the way it is.

This movie is a Jim Henson production, so that means muppets and lots of ‘em. Goblins, Hoggle, Ludo, the Fiery Fire Gang—all muppets, and I love it. You can never have enough muppets, in my opinion. Also, the movie is sure never to take itself too seriously, from Sir Didymus to the Bog of Eternal Stench. It’s just a goofy litte tale with a dash of the classic turning of age story and a tid-bit of acceptance of responsibility.

The acting sometimes leaves something to be desired, but the singing and the costumes are all great. The songs are what make the movie for me, my two favorites being “Magic Dance” and “Within You.” The sets are also great—good use of Escher, I must say.

My Rating: Four out of five for it’s genre. Fun, amusing, my childhood, and my very first celebrity crush—David Bowie.

Feel free to ask any other questions regarding the movie.


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