So, it’s been a while since my last blog, the hardest thing about a blog for me personally is finding something to write about in the first place. So, I thought I’m just going to write about something that has been involved in my week, be it good or bad. On Friday night for the second time in a few months I watched the film Labyrinth and to be really honest I thought it was excellent. There will be (SPOILERS) from now on, so if you haven’t seen this thirty-year-old movie I would highly recommend it.
So, I was quite shocked and highly depressed to learn this film was released in 1986. Depressed in the fact I actually went to the Cinema to see Labyrinth and maybe thought it could be maybe ten or fifteen years old at least. I was actually ten years old when it came out, sporting a full head of hair but that’s another story. The film follows Sarah Jennifer Connelly a fantasy book lover particularly a book called the Labyrinth.
Sarah reads her beloved book before the rain starts, good job it’s not a kindle with the storm coming.
Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby in a large beautiful home “Terrible” After checking out the wallpaper and decor in the house I think I may have started crying as well, and to top it off she has to put up with a step-mother who seems to be quite reasonable to be fair “Shocking”.
Definitely the kind of house freddy krueger likes to visit on a night.
Not happy with her treatment by her parents, Sarah decides to read a passage from her book in order rid herself of younger brother Toby who had been crying in his cot. Once the passage has been completed poor Toby has ddisappeared and a shocked Sarah is visited by The Goblin King himself, ladies and gentleman its superstar (David Bowie) Jared sporting a well-groomed haircut, “least we know the rain stopped from earlier then?”
I bet Sarah feels like a shabby looking at that finely styled hair.
Jared informs Sarah The Labyrinth is real and he has given her the freedom she wanted from Toby, expecting to be thanked for his work he quickly finds out Sarah can change her mind in an instance and wants her younger brother back. Maybe a little puzzled by Sarah’s request he gives her thirteen hours in his kingdom and an ever-changing maze in the Labyrinth “Sarah you must have read the bloody book?” Jared explains to Sarah that she will need to get to the castle inside of the Labyrinth within the specified time so that her brother Toby would be saved from becoming a goblin. Sarah knowing her parent’s might be slightly annoyed she lost her brother then sets out to find the little chap.
So why do I like the film? well here are a few reasons below.
David Bowie has a good laugh at the shirt and cardigan next to him.
It was directed by the puppet master himself Jim Henson, I can’t say I know a great amount about Jim Henson personally but I’m well aware of some of the great characters he created, Miss Piggy, Kermit The Frog and the list could go on. I will do some reading about him if there is a good biography available? If you know of any please let me know and here is the website address for his work and his company if you would to know more. www.henson.com.
Mr Star Wars “My favourite franchise” George Lucas was executive producer on this film and at this point in his career he could do no wrong. There was something special about the films George Lucas made or co-directed in this era, you could guess that with Jim Henson’s character creation and George Lucas’s expertise in the effects industry you would get something very unique in this film. it still looks great thirty years later. For more information on George Lucas visit www.lucasfilm.com.
Rock star David Bowie starred in the movie, do I really need to try to explain who David Bowie is, a real pioneer among men Currently listening to Black Star The role of Jared suited him quite well as he was quite mystical The soundtrack includes five songs written by Bowie and they are just as good as the film, I think David would have enjoyed the cult status Labyrinth has today just like his own legacy, what a great catalogue of music and films he created. For more information www.davidbowie.com.
The greatest part of this film is the Labyrinth itself where everything is not all it seems, In the Labyrinth Sarah meets Hoggle, Ludo, and Sir Didymus each of the characters living in this upside-down maze creation.
I guess Sarah felt better about herself after spending time with these heartbreakers.
Along the way we meet some interesting side characters and my star of the film, a worm what lives on the outside of the Labyrinth. You also get fart steps and the goblins themselves with a whole lot more magical type characters and places.
“Hello, come and have a Cup of Tea”
There are too many things to speak about in this film, it is all pretty much brilliant. Terry Jones from The Monty Python who penned the Labyrinth script did an amazing job. I think this movie was before its time and I guess there are a lot of fans like me still who are still interested in this film.
Since the film was released we have had some follow-up material, Return to Labyrinth is a manga comic based on the Jim Henson fantasy film Labyrinth. Jake T. Forbes is credited as the creator, and Chris Lie is the illustrator. The covers for all four volumes were drawn by Kouyu Shurei. It is published by Tokyopop.
This November web also have a podcast called (Labyrinth Minute) analysing the film one minute at a time.
Also there is a strong possibility of a new film already in pre-production so I would say that interest in the film is very much alive, so what are you doing? go watch Labyrinth now whether you have watched it or not because this film will is a classic and will be for a very long time.