This weeks deal of the week was only ever going to be one film when I saw that Labyrinth was cheap. Originally released in 1986 Labyrinth stars Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, a 15-year-old girl who has to journey to the centre of the Labyrinth to rescue her baby brother from the Goblin King, played by the legendary David Bowie. Check out the original trailer below:
The film is directed by Jim Henson, who famously created the muppets and had previously directed Dark Crystal, and features quite the case of puppets which isn’t much of a shock considering his involvement. In terms of the voicecast, the only people I’ve really heard of are Brian Henson, who is Jim Henson’s son and was involved with the TV series Farscape (which is excellent) and Danny John Jules who I know from Red Dwarf, everyone is excellent though.
Jennifer Connelly is inherently unlikeable at the start of the film, but thankfully she becomes more bearable as the film goes on which is down a really jarring starting point and some decent growth. But the absolute star of the film is David Bowie who is clearly having an amazing time chewing scenery but his performance is absolutely perfect for the film.
Also whoever got Bowie to do songs on the soundtrack deserved the most amazing bonus in the world, the soundtrack really is superb. Basically, if you never listen to anything ever again I say listen to this – treat yourself to this film in whatever medium you fancy, and if you haven’t ever seen it before then get on it.
Teenage Sarah is left to babysit her baby brother Toby and he will not stop crying. So Sarah tries to put the baby to sleep by reading him a story. When she accidentally conjures up the Goblin King from the fantasy, he steals the baby and takes him to his castle, which is in the middle of a labyrinth. Now Sarah must solve the labyrinth by midnight, or Toby will be turned into a goblin.
Release: Dec 1986
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Director: Jim Henson
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Brian Henson, Shari Weiser, Natalie Finland, David Bowie