I've been itching to write about Labyrinth as it's one of my favorite films of all time, and now the opportunity has finally arrived!
If you live in America then you're in luck, as Henson's Labyrinth (1986) will be showcasing in select cinemas around the country on September 11th and 14th to celebrate its 30th anniversary, ahead of its Blu-ray release on September 20th. In the UK we can expect only one — yes that's right, only one — screening of the film in Reading on September 13th (boo).
The whimsical fantasy adventure film is one that is close to the hearts of many, especially since the loss of David Bowie earlier this year. As Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) wishes for her baby brother to be taken by Jareth, the Goblin King, Sarah instantly regrets her wish, only to find that the only way to get her brother back is to complete the maze to get to her brother in the Goblin Castle in 13 hours. Of course this isn't so straight forward, and she meets many weird and unusual characters along the way.
For the final time, Bowie will reprise his role that we all know and love as Jareth, the Goblin King, on the big screen.
And in honor of this, let's take a look at few Labyrinth highlights:
First and foremost, the most important and iconic elements of Labyrinth is its soundtrack. Composed by David Bowie, it's definitely a winner. But which track is your favorite?
David Bowie's Bulge
A major talking point from the 1980s and even today is David Bowie's bulge. Is it all real? Were there a couple of socks down there? Who knows. Maybe it should have had it's own feature in the end credits.
On her journey through Jareth's labyrinth, Sarah meets many friends and foes. And because this is the labyrinth (and Jim Henson), they're all rather strange. From talking door knockers, to a giant, beast-like creature called Ludo, all the characters add something to Sarah's journey. Who's your favorite character?
As time's gone on, there's been plenty of theories that have surrounded Labyrinth, but have you noticed the hidden clues on screen, such as Jareth's face camouflaged in the stone work of the labyrinth, or the characters and the labyrinth itself hidden in the decor of Sarah's bedroom?
The Bog Of Eternal Stench
As a child, this was one of the scene's that I found most amusing. There's nothing better than a good fart gag, and this scene really plays on that. It's also where we see the Sarah and co. team up to take the Goblin King on and Ludo really proves himself.
Now, the ending. What can I say about the ending apart from it's a really heartfelt one? As Sarah returns home with her baby brother, Toby, safe from the Goblin King, she sits in front of her mirror putting all things labyrinth-related in the drawer beside her as her parents return home. It's now that Hoggle, Ludo, Didymus and the rest of the gang appear behind her reassuring her that "Should you ever need us" they'll be right there. Sobs.
What's your favorite moment in Labyrinth? Will you be going to see Labyrinth in cinemas this month?