Labyrinth is a 1986 fantasy film, directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas, and designed by Brian Froud. Henson collaborated on the screenwriting with children’s author Dennis Lee and Monty Python alumnus Terry Jones. The leads are David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King, and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah Williams. The plot revolves around Sarah’s quest to rescue her little brother from the Goblin King while trapped in a world that is an enormous otherworldly maze. Most of the other significant roles are played by puppets or by a combination of puppetry and human performance.
Cool film! Jim Henson, is the absolute master of every kind of puppetry known to man or muppet. Particularly adorable is the little punk worm who invites Sarah to “Come inside and meet the missus”… very cute. The plot has all the essential elements of a good fairy tale with the added bonus of a heroine who manages to get through all her trials and tribulations without squealing feebly or fainting into the arms of any man. David Bowie is wonderful (despite the fright wig) and his natural humour shines through, although his character does a pretty good job of being spiteful and menacing. I get the feeling the he really enjoyed making this film. The soundtrack is excellent and “As the World Falls Down” is quite hauntingly beautiful , though I have to say that the ballroom sequence in which it was played did slow the action down a little – but it was a visual feast.
All in all, a beautiful film with a wonderful cast of creatures and humans.
This task is from “Part 2″ –Watch and review one other movie listed under “Film” here . It’s part of my challenge “The Alice In Wonderland Challenge…” hosted by Jenny at http://takemeaway-jennala9.blogspot.com/2009/08/alice-in-wonderland-challenge.html.