Labyrinth (1986) Retrospective

Posted: June 27, 2016 in FILM REVIEWS/COMMENTS

Thirty years of Labyrinth…

The Breathing Dead

Labyrinth (1986) OriginalFrustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, a selfish teenager summons Goblins to take her baby half brother. She is then given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue him from a Goblin King before he is lost forever.

Even though it was met with mixed reviews nearly thirty years later it still manages to charm and retain a cult following. As a boy I remember watching Jim Henson’s feature in a darkened cinema, being scared by the Goblins in Toby’s room and the Firey gang intimidating Sarah.

Under scrutiny, some of the wonderfully painted backdrops, CGI (at the time a pioneering) owl and matted Fireys’ elements have dated but overall the film holds up extremely well. There’s plenty of subtext – for example; Sarah’s mother, Linda, a stage actor and her relationship with an unnamed man portrayed by David Bowie. There’s also ‘Easter eggs’ including toys, figurines…

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