Movie Magic Mondays: Labyrinth

I have to say, I hold a special spot in my heart for today’s movie magic pick.

My mother first introduced me to the sheer brilliance of the movie Labyrinth when I was about four years old. I can’t tell you why I loved it at first sight, but I did. Maybe it was the music (it is pretty catchy) or maybe it was the overall experience.

Labyrinth is one of those movies that has the ability to suck you in and immerse you in the world it creates. Granted, having been filmed in 1986, it’s victim to ancient effects and puppetry, but in the brilliant hands of Jim Henson and George Lucas, it still manages to work!

The Goblins are an ugly bunch, but they’re full of tons of personality. Hoggle, though a supporting character, manages to have an impressive and thorough character arc. And Ludo, who is really nothing more than a giant, hairy beast who grunts, still manages to exude a kind of compassion through perfectly puppeteered eyes.

Many of you will recognize the heroine, Sarah, played by a very young Jennifer Connelly. She isn’t quite up to par (if you’re thinking A Beautiful Mind and such) but she plays a belligerent and whiny teenager convincingly. It isn’t however until she petitions the Goblin King to steal her crying baby brother Toby, that the story REALLY gets going. Because let’s be honest, David Bowie makes Labyrinth what it is. He’s brilliant in the role.

As a child I enjoyed the glass balls he manages to make float and turn into bubbles. As an adult, I appreciate the subtle labyrinth2-1024sensual nuances of his relationship with Sarah. In fact, I believe it’s their chemistry that makes the movie work on so many levels. For instance, his tenderness and patience with Sarah seems nurturing, though he desires (and expects) her to fail. At the same time, he’s the man who can make all of her dreams come true, at a very heavy price. Something about that mixture of authority, mystery, conniving, and sensuality make their relationship thrilling to watch, although the only romantic implication is made when they dance at the Goblin Ball.

Overall, this movie is exactly what a good fantasy should be. It takes you to a world so far from our own, yet full of all the things we recognize: friendship, love, dreams, heartbreak, difficult choices and personal discovery. It has a great soundtrack – not just the songs sung in the movie, but the instrumentals as well!

I give it an: A+

(I even want to pop it into the DVD player right now, after talking about it). 🙂

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About Isabelle

Isabelle is a multi-published author who dabbles in 1950s romance, speculative science fiction, and more recently fantasy and YA. A twenty something dreamer who loves chocolate, romance novels, and heart wrenching movies, Isabelle is most comfortable on stage behind a microphone belting out her favorite karaoke tunes, or curled up in bed with a book and a cup of cocoa on a rainy night. View all posts by Isabelle

11 responses to “Movie Magic Mondays: Labyrinth

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  • Lisa

    Love, love this movie. I had quite the childhood crush on David Bowie thanks to it. And okay, let’s be real here, I still love Jareth!

  • thephoneix

    I still haven’t seen this movie yet, and everyone I know totally loves it. It’s definitely going into my pile of movies for winter to watch.

  • Isabelle

    It’s so good. You won’t be disappointed.

  • kayleigh

    Im sorry but I have to make a couple of corrections in the review above.The goblin that helped Sarah throughout the movie was named Hoggle,not Hobble,and the giant was named Ludo,not Bruno.Im sorry,I have always been a big fan of this movie since i was still in diapers and i just wanted to voice my corrections.Thanx.

    • Isabelle

      Please don’t apologize! I am thoroughly embarrassed by those mistakes. I’ve seen the movie so often I should know those things by heart. I’m afraid I was suffering a brain fart, because even as you say those things, I’m like, yea, duh, I know. But obviously I didn’t know as well as I thought. LOL Bad on me for not double checking. Will correct ASAP. THANK YOU!

  • Robin

    Adore this movie! When my 13 year old daughter was not quite 3 years old, we were watching it. As soon as Toby stopped crying (because the Goblin King had taken him) my daughter walked up to the TV and said “Now, what has happened?!” We showed this movie at her 13th birthday/slumber party. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like it.

  • Brianna

    I only just watched this movie and totally fell in love with it. I also learned that they made a manga continuing the story, when Toby is like 13 or something.
    I heard it was pretty good so i cant wait to read it.

    • Isabelle

      I’ve seen this in the bookstore and have been hesitant to read it because I’m afraid it will ruin the movie experience! Ha ha.

      I might get it anyway. Curiosity is killing me.

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