Long post ahead! :D
When I was a wee thing (8 years ago), my grandmother would come over to my house around once a week and babysit my siblings and I. She always brought a movie or two for us to watch. Usually they were Disney cartoons. You know, kid stuff. Tarzan, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cinderella, etc.
Every once in a while, she'd bring us an old film from the 70s or 80s. Most of them bored me, so I don't remember them too well. Once she had us watch Jaws. I was afraid of baths, pools, the ocean, lakes, ponds, and probably even puddles for months. But what I remember the most was Labyrinth.
I don't know anyone my age who has ever heard of this movie. From what I understand, it's a little obscure. It shouldn't be. It stars David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, and George Lucas is somehow involved (a quick IMDB search didn't yield much information there). I've read that what brought this movie down was its marketing. It's not really aimed at any particular age group, so trailers and such didn't appeal to that many people. Here it is below:
(sorry, I'm not sure how to insert vids into these posts; if you even can)
Looking at the trailer, I can see why it wouldn't send people flooding to the theater. It honestly doesn't do the movie justice. So I'll give you a quick low-down, spoiler-free (as if you were gonna watch it anyway :P).
Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is a bratty little thing. She complains constantly and treats her stepmother like dirt. One night her little brother won't stop crying. In a fit, she wishes that the goblins would come and take him away. Her wish is granted, and she immediately regrets it. The Goblin King (David Bowie) tells her that she has 13 hours to get to his castle, which is in the center of a massive labyrinth, before he turns her brother into a goblin and keeps him forever. Cue adventure.
This film scared the poop out of me. There are nasty little creatures that can pull their limbs and heads off, creepy goblins snatching children from their beds, and a room full of Escher staircases. About a week ago, however, I saw Labyrinth spoofed, and I decided that I wanted to see it again. Reliving my childhood and all that.
So I pestered my grandmother until she rented it for me. We watched it twice in a row. I loved every second of it.
It was nice to see some puppet creatures instead of CGI creatures; there's a certain realism there that CGI cannot attain. The entire world is trippy and backwards, but in a good, The Neverending Story-ish way. Unlike some movies, you can actually see Sarah grow and develop into a more mature person as a result of her journey. And the songs are insanely catchy. I've been singing "Magic Dance" and "Within You" for days.
Now, I've never been a Bowie fan, but he sold this movie. He's perfect as the Goblin King, and his voice is amazing (kinda reminds me of a purring cat at times), along with his juggling. By far the best character. And he's... oddly attractive. :shock: Just google 'Goblin King Labyrinth.' You'll see what I mean. Or maybe you won't. :P
But one of the best things about Labyrinth is that you can interpret it in a variety of ways. Was the whole thing in Sarah's head? Is the Underground a real place? Are the characters real, or do they represent different aspects of Sarah's personality? Personally, I'm of the opinion that the labyrinth is real, but is influenced by whoever happens to be running it at that time.
If you haven't seen this movie and you like musicals, fantasy, David Bowie, muppets, or all of the above, this is a must-see for you. I mean, come on. It's $3.00 to rent it on iTunes.
tl;dr: Watch this movie. Now.