Movie: "Labyrinth"
Year: 1986
Rated: PG
Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy
Directed by: Jim Henson
Writing credits: Terry Jones

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 4/29/2008

Plot: A young girl with a love for fantasy is left to babysit her baby brother. Instead of tucking him in for bed, however, she invokes a curse that summons Jareth the Goblin King, who takes the child and offers to give him back only if the girl can navigate his labyrinth in 13 hours.

Review: As a kid, I had only seen bits and pieces of this movie. All I could remember about it was that there was a girl, a labyrinth, and that David Bowie never wore a cup. It wasn’t until about a decade later that I would actually wind up seeing the whole film, and even with the passage of time, I think it still holds up remarkably well.

It would be impossible to overstate how well Jim Henson’s Muppet creations look in the film. Everything from hulking steel golems to marauding goblins, even down to a talking worm, is made with incredible detail. The only thing they couldn’t seem to make into a muppet was the CG barn owl from the beginning of the film (said owl being the only thing in the movie that shows its age).

And the music, composed entirely by Bowie, really lends itself to the strange, silly atmosphere of the labyrinth. Bowie himself makes for quite a strange, memorable character, but he really captured the essence of the film, particularly with “Chilly Down”, a song for goblins that love to dismember, and then re-member, each other to up-tempo singing and dancing.

If you haven’t seen the movie, you owe it to yourself to check it out. It plays out like a children’s movie, but you’ll still find a lot of humorous, surreal elements that you’d find in all of Terry Jones’ films. It’s fun for the whole family, apart from any confusing feelings that may arise from seeing David Bowie splaying in tights while holding a riding crop.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Last of the Time Lords
Apr 29th, 2008, 07:10 AM
A true classic. I've loved this one since I was four years old.
Apr 29th, 2008, 07:16 AM
While the movie may have aged gracefully, I cannot say the same for Hoggle. His puppet resided for years in a local store called The Unclaimed Baggage Center. They allowed him to fall into disrepair for years. Eventually his skin and clothing started falling off inside his exhibit case. Finally, last year they sent him off to some two bit production company to have them repair him. He looks like a giant plastic toy now.
lurking on the walls
Apr 29th, 2008, 10:12 AM
only thing i remembered from it as a kid was this pit thingie filled with hands on the walls, god i miss that.

what abut the origonal "Neverending Story" i didn't see that since i was 5 untill the past summer.
Apr 29th, 2008, 11:19 AM
You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What power? The power of voodoo? Who do? You do. Do what? Remind me of the babe.
Apr 29th, 2008, 11:56 AM
David. Bowie's. Massive. Penis.
Funky Dynamite
Apr 29th, 2008, 12:06 PM
The film was as much about his package as it was about a labyrinth.
Apr 29th, 2008, 02:21 PM
They came out with a special edition, pretty sure it was the limited edition bonus package. I couldn't figure out how they would put more David Bowie package in this movie.
Can You See Me Now?
Apr 29th, 2008, 02:21 PM
One of the best movies around! That and the Dark Crystal! I have the Anniversary Edition DVD of the Labyrinth and watch it all the time!
Crazy Cat Lady
Apr 29th, 2008, 02:24 PM
I LOOOVE this movie!! The worm and the wiseman with his hat are awesome!!
Forum Virgin
Apr 29th, 2008, 03:41 PM
I love this movie so very much!
I hate this hacker crap!
Apr 29th, 2008, 07:44 PM
I've always been hesitant to see this movie, and it's based purely on the cover / poster picture. I just don't know if I could stand looking at that for over an hour.
Apr 30th, 2008, 06:12 AM
Fantastic movie! I *still* want that crystal ball.

Nifty fact - There's a manga out called "Return to Labyrinth" that continues Toby's adventures after he's hit high school and gets pulled back into the world by Jareth.

Scary fact - They originally wanted Michael Jackson for Jareth.

I can't imagine anyone but Bowie with that hair...
Scruffy drunken Brit
Apr 30th, 2008, 06:38 AM
Labyrinth and Dark Crystal are too of my favourite movies of all time.

Apr 30th, 2008, 07:22 AM
I think you would be hard pressed to find someone on the entire internet that didn't love this movie. It seems to be the one constant across cyberspace.
Forum Virgin
Apr 30th, 2008, 02:32 PM
This is my all time favorite movie. David Bowie was my first celebrity crush. Now I feel really strange when I watch it and see his junk in those tight white pants.
Apr 30th, 2008, 04:22 PM
yeah i liked this movie a lot better before someone pointed out bowie's package
Thrills and Oblongs
Apr 30th, 2008, 05:12 PM
How did you MISS it? Its fairly apparant.....
Apr 30th, 2008, 05:16 PM
well i guess i was just focusing on other things
Thrills and Oblongs
Apr 30th, 2008, 05:34 PM
Fair enough. It's probably just because the rest of us were looking for it on purpose.....
The Power of Grayskull
Apr 30th, 2008, 06:59 PM
I agree that it's pretty hard to miss. I remember averting my eyes, even when I was kid, at his ridiculously tight pants and giant package. Bowie is awesome when he's spinning those crystal balls though.
Thrills and Oblongs
Apr 30th, 2008, 07:08 PM
Sorry. I have the DVD too. They had a bloke under his cloak to do all the fancy bits....
That damn kid
Apr 30th, 2008, 09:37 PM
"Bret, It's me 1986 David Bowie from the movie labyrinth"

This movie is a good family movie despite who confusing some of the scenes that are confusing for kids ( or atleast were to me)
Built in the 80s
May 1st, 2008, 04:08 AM
This movie rocks!

Haha, and gotta love the "cameo" in Flight of the Conchords.
May 1st, 2008, 07:20 AM
Originally Posted by Pentegarn View Post
I think you would be hard pressed to find someone on the entire internet that didn't love this movie. It seems to be the one constant across cyberspace.
That, and "The Princess Bride."
Forum Virgin
May 1st, 2008, 09:47 AM
I remember rewatching this when I was in High School after seeing it as a kid and my best friend and I couldn't stop laughing our asses off about the whole tight tights thing. I tried to get my 6-year-old cousin to watch this and he practically died of boredom, though. What the hell is with the Pokemon generation?
Funky Dynamite
May 1st, 2008, 12:31 PM
Originally Posted by executioneer View Post
well i guess i was just focusing on other things
Like that river in Egypt.
Crazy Cat Lady
May 1st, 2008, 06:24 PM
Originally Posted by Copper View Post
Nifty fact - There's a manga out called "Return to Labyrinth" that continues Toby's adventures after he's hit high school and gets pulled back into the world by Jareth.

Scary fact - They originally wanted Michael Jackson for Jareth.
Sadly, the manga isn't anywhere near as good (story wise AND drawing wise) as the original movie. I've written better fan-fiction (yes, I was one of those people back in high school). Pretty covers though.

Also, Sting and Mick Jagger were considered for the roles of Jareth (I think Sting would've been an interesting choice; he seems like the type who could also pull off a ruffly shirt and still be sexy).
May 1st, 2008, 06:28 PM
Originally Posted by Dr. Boogie View Post
Like that river in Egypt.
man exceuse me for autocensoring things out of my perception
Master of Awesome Sauce!
May 2nd, 2008, 12:10 AM
just got this again recently on DVD, hadn't watched it yet. I was too young to notice Bowie's package, so I KNOW I'm gonna end up seeing it when I see the movie again... Thanks Guys...
May 3rd, 2008, 11:37 AM
Don't bother with the manga "sequel," I flipped through it the last time I was at Barns & Noble - just terrible. However there is a Dark Crystal manga that's a prequel to the film and not too shabby from the looks of it.
Forum Virgin
May 3rd, 2008, 02:58 PM
I think it's obvious I love this movie, It always warms my heart to see it get a bit of love (None of my friend's are fans of the movie, I'm always arguing with one that David Bowie is better than Batman).

I have actions figures of Jareth, one of them talks and it amuses me to no end.
Ultimate Buzzkill
May 4th, 2008, 08:53 PM
Oh, I always loved how the puppets talked directly to his crotch at one point. This was one of the many movies playing in the background as my parents and their friends played AD&D when I was a kid.
It's also amusing to me that as many conversations come up about this (including one about this yesterday I had in a coffee shop with some people) that people seem to forget that stuffing was rather commonplace among tights-wearing rock stars. Don't simply jump to conclusions...