Labyrinth

A teenage girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother who has been kidnapped by a wizard.
Feel-Good
Creature Feature

 

United States
United Kingdom
1986
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Kid Friendly
Character Focus: 
Wizard Film
Psychic Film
Animals: 
Snake
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Government: 
Army
Royalty
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Impostor
Lurer
Prankster
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
Dimensional: 
Unknown
Fluids: 
Ooze
Giant: 
Golem
Robot: 
War Robot
Object: 
Drug
Food
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Statues: 
Pillar
Wizards: 
Evoker
Conjurer
Alchemist
8
A-maze-ing!
8
6
8
8
4
4
3
Ambiance
Dialogue
Ambiance
Labyrinth draws obvious parallels with Alice in Wonderland, but it is its own thing. It’s about a teenage girl stuck in what seems like an endless maze, trying to rescue her baby brother. David Bowie’s character stole him. Yes, this kids’ movie is incredibly dark, but it’s done in good taste. It’s not gory and it’s never vulgar. It’s a fully immersive experience and you’ll never forget it.
The atmosphere is palpable. The sets are astonishing, the matte painting breath-taking and the puppetry perplexing in every possible way. The movie sucks you right in in the first minutes. David Bowie’s music will transport you through this epic adventure. All his songs are earworms. He plays the eccentric antagonist; an evil wizard called the Goblin King.
Creature artist Ron Mueck gives the monsters a soul of their own. His contribution is significant. His characters are frightening. They are both imaginative and repulsive. This is a modern fairy tale courtesy of Jim Henson, who directs. The man can do no wrong. Jennifer Connelly can sure act and her beauty is stunning. She can deliver dialogue like few can. This film is a true masterpiece.
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