Labyrinth (1986) Movie Review


Labyrinth (1986)

1986 | Fantasy, Adventure, Family, Musical
101 minutes /

User Score: 71/100

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A 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Labyrinth (1986) is a British-American family adventure film filled with musical and fantasy. Director and co-writer Jim Henson (Sesame Street (1969), The Dark Crystal (1982), Labyrinth (1986), The Muppets (2011)) did a marvelous job executing this family oriented movie. My family watches this movie at least once a year and does not get tired of it. There are a few comedy moments in the film that will have your family laughing out loud. Labyrinth also has a few hidden messages about family.

Labyrinth revolves around 15-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly - Requiem for a Dream (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Blood Diamond (2006), Hulk (2003)) who landed herself in trouble after she wishes him away. Sarah was babysitting her infant half-brother Toby (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014)) who cries a lot. She was furious that he now has her treasured teddy bear named Lancelot and could not tolerate his crying anymore. She did not think anything would happen and wished for the Goblin King Jareth, who is a character in the play she is rehearsing for school to take Toby away. The Goblin King (David Bowie - Basquiat (1996), The Hunger (1983), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)) told her where Toby is and then took her to his kingdom.

Jareth refuses to give Toby back to Sarah, and the only way she can get him back is if she solves his Labyrinth within thirteen hours or else Jareth will turn Toby into a goblin. Will Sarah be able to solve the labyrinth with all of the obstacles that are thrown at her or will Toby become a goblin? The special effects were nicely done along with the costumes, makeup, sound, cinematography, editing and production. All of the actors, well except for Jennifer Connelly, did a phenomenal job with their roles and could not have been any better, even baby Toby, who was so cute and adorable. Jennifer Connelly acting skills in this film were not believable and unrealistic. I gave this movie a seven and not a higher score because it had a few plot holes, goofs, and the dialogue at times can be weary. Overall, it is an excellent family movie that every family should see at least once.

About Labyrinth 1986

Title: Labyrinth
Year: 1986
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family, Musical
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 17 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 17
Starring: Frank Oz, Kerry Shale, Warwick Davis, Enn Reitel, Danny John-Jules, Kenny Baker, John Bluthal, Peter Marinker, Jennifer Connelly, Robert Beatty, Percy Edwards, Richard Jones, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold, Toby Philpott, Peter Burroughs, Malcolm Dixon, Jack Purvis, Mildred Shay, Sean Barrett, Paul Grant, Nicholas Read, Toby Froud, Douglas Blackwell, Alistair Fullarton, Derek Hartley, Peter Salmon, Shelley Thompson, Rollin Krewson
Writers: Dennis Lee, Jim Henson, Terry Jones
Director: Jim Henson

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