I caught the last bit of the 1986 film Labyrinth on t.v. Monday night. Thinking back now my childhood imagination was filled with unicorns, princesses, goblins, floating hearts and rainbows. Films like Labyrinth just fueled the fire.
The film stars a young Jennifer Connolly, and a very "Ziggy Stardust" David Bowie. I think when you star opposite the puppet creations of Jim Henson you tend to get outshine by them through the eyes of a child. The story is about a young girl that goes on a quest to recuse her little brother from the Goblin King. She collects friends that help her navigate the labyrinth and to ultimately reach her goal of getting to the castle at the heart of it.
If it sounds a little like your favorites such as The Wizard of Oz, or Alice in Wonderland- you're not too far off. What sets this film apart is the vast collection of puppet characters, the some times dark feel of the film and songs sung by Bowie.
Let me tell you, I wasn't the only one that was excited when this film came out. My dad is a Bowie fan and of anything mystical/whimsical. Ha ha, I guess that's where I got it from. I think my next film to be reviewed will be The Man Who Fell to Earth. So enjoy the film for the first time or like me somewhere in the triple digits.