Labyrinth (1986) Movie Review

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Labyrinth (1986)

1986 | PG | Fantasy, Adventure, Family, Musical
101 minutes / 1h 41min

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Labyrinth Plot Synopsis:

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that her wish was granted and the Goblin King Jareth has taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents and asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells her that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time?

Labyrinth (1986) Review

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.

  • Labyrinth Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.61
  • IMDB: 7.4
  • MetaCritic: 5.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.8

About Labyrinth 1986

Title: Labyrinth
Year: 1986
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family, Musical
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.31/5 stars from 109,484 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 109,484
MPAA Rating: PG
Labyrinth Cast Starring: Frank Oz, Kerry Shale, Warwick Davis, Enn Reitel, Danny John-Jules, Kenny Baker, John Bluthal, Peter Marinker, Paul Markham, Jennifer Connelly, Percy Edwards, Richard Jones, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold, Toby Philpott, Peter Burroughs, Malcolm Dixon, Jack Purvis, Mildred Shay, Sean Barrett, Robert Beatty, Natalie Finland, Ian Thom, Richard Bodkin, Andrew Herd, Peter Sim, Shari Weiser, Charles Augins, Douglas Howes
Labyrinth Writers: Dennis Lee, Jim Henson, Terry Jones
Labyrinth Director: Jim Henson
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language: English
Country: UK, USA