Labyrinth movie poster

In outline, it sounds like a children's story an adult could endorse and enjoy. But "in detail" is another matter. A self-absorbed teenager, put out at having to babysit her little brother, invokes the goblins to take him away (she has been rehearsing a play coincidentally called The Labyrinth, about goblins stealing a child). To her chagrin, they do just that, and now she has to exercise some selflessness and fetch him back. The creatures, alas, are under the direction of Jim Henson (the Muppet man), or in other words are about as menacing as Woolworth's toy department; and David Bowie's Goblin King, with a Tina Turner-ish Kabuki haircut, is like an obliging guest star on TV's The Muppets Show. Written by Terry Jones (the Monty Python man); photographed by Alex Thomson; with Jennifer Connelly. 1986.

Duncan Shepherd


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