Director: Jim Henson
Running Time: 1 hours 41 minutes
Back in the day, the Muppets were amazing. They have just relaunched themselves, but the Muppets isn’t the only thing associated with Jim Henson’s company. These are Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, both successful children and cult movies, but only one has David Bowie in it.
The story is of a young girl, Sarah, who after being forced to babysit again for her father and step-mother, says out loud that her step-brother should be taken to the Goblin King, something the Goblins’ happily do, unto her knowledge. The Goblin King, played by David Bowie with the orb swirling hands of Michael Moschen (David Bowie couldn’t do those moves, he’s good but not that good) tells her she has 13 hours to rescue her brother, otherwise he will turn into a goblin, and so she sets off on her quest.
As a kid growing up, this movie was amazing. It had a fantasy tale, it was a little bit rude in places and it brought the world of fairytales on its head. Fairies bit. Hoggle was ugly but was actually a nice character. It also brought characters you’d never expect to love – Ludo and Sir Didymus and the all important location – the Bog of Eternal Stench.
It isn’t until you’re an adult that you realise of the bulge in David Bowie’s pants (well, it’s to protect his manhood, I would assume), and little things you didn’t mainly notice as a child, but it still has the awe-inspiring, even though some bits are CGI-cringy. David Bowie’s songs are great, with the added thought that the baby giggles are actually Bowie also.
Labyrinth still creates that warm fuzzy feeling that you get watching old classic movies. It’s great seeing it as a kid, and watching as an adult reminds you of what it used to be like. Everyone wants to go into the Labyrinth, meet Sir Didymus and even get hallo to the worm. But, I guess we’ll just have to relive it on celluloid format.
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