Labyrinth is one of those movies that simply wants to tell a story, and not aims to subtly demoralize its viewers. That is in itself a breath of fresh air this day and age, but that is far from it's only appeal. The story is most reminiscent of a classic fairytale, but what is more the visual style paints a unique and beautiful world.
The story begins as the teenage girl Sarah is left home alone to babysit her baby brother. As the baby keeps crying, Sarah starts telling a story to make him go to sleep. As the tale becomes all too real, she unwittingly manages to summon the Goblin King, played by none other than David Bowie. He abducts her little brother to his castle in the middle of the labyrinth, where he will be transformed into a goblin, if not rescued by midnight.
As Sarah finds little choice but to follow the King into this other world, she comes face to face with goblins, fairies, living door knockers and a whole bunch of indescribable monsters. These creatures really look fantastic and they truly come alive in the Blu-ray version. It is impressive to see how much can be done with only puppets, and especially how good it looks even now, 30 years later. This shouldn't come as a surprise though, as the movie is directed by Jim Henson, creator of The Muppet Show.
The challenges Sarah faces are mostly of the mythical sort, not mainly dependent on brawl and muscle but rather on having the courage and wisdom to look a little closer, since most things are not what they seem. The greatest power that the goblins seem to wield over Sarah is the fear and confusion they manage to inflict on her. If she, and indeed all of us, can only learn to conquer our fear and dare to do the right thing, the power of the opposing forces is soon revealed as the illusion it really is.
The movie is pleasantly free from token blacks, nor are there any token gays, as we've been forced to become accustomed to lately.
All in all, it is a great movie, for kids and adults alike.
Last updated on Wednesday, October 12, 2016