Sunday, January 15, 2012

Labyrinth (1986)

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There is a time in every child's life when they start to suspect that there might be some physical differences between males and females, but young female viewers of the cult classic Labyrinth got more than affirmation: they got David Bowie.
Nostalgia Chick
As yet another 80s kid-oriented epic fantasy film from Jim Henson and crew, this film is something of a spiritual successor to The Dark Crystal. While similar in many ways, this film visibly attempts to correct for the earlier film's perceived flaws, especially that the predecessor was darker in tone than originally intended. The result is a campy fun fantasy film with an edge of Alice in Wonderland-esque playful humor. Though less epic in scope — no genocides or global conquests to be found here — the film is much more fleshed out than Crystal and feels much more like a solid world. The movie also benefits because the target audience is a few years older than that of Crystal: this film is very much a coming-of-age movie targeted at preteens, which lends itself to more nuanced storytelling. There are a few "comedic" scenes that drag... A LOT... but the rest of the movie has its definite charms. Score: 3 stars out of 4.

P.S.: David Bowie IS the Goblin King.

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