Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Review
Today, my partner and I went out. He would not tell me anything, he said we needed to stop for supplies. When he came back, he has two cold sodas and candy. He said, were going to see a movie. I said ok. All he would do is give me
directions, saying nothing else. We pulled up to DGX 7 movie, center. He gets out ahead of me and walks up by the doors.
As I start walking up, he starts filming me. I hate being on camera. He asks me, what’s a good film you like to see. Me, being my charming and annoying self. I say, well it depends on my moods. He does his usual eye roll, letting me know that I’m being annoying. All this time, he’s still filming. He says, if you look in the window you can see the list of movies being played: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth is in limited release for it’s 30th Anniversary.
I remember seeing it in the theatre when I was seven, and I fell madly in love with David Bowie aka Jared The Goblin King. I drove my parents insane: Everything out of my mouth was “Labyrinth this” and “Labyrinth that“. My dad even got me a Westminster’s Original Labyrinth Table Maze.
My partner likes to say that he doesn’t believe in magic, but he does believe in magicians. After revisiting Labyrinth on the Silver Screen, I understand what he means. Labyrinth represents the deep artistic side of Mr. Henson, as opposed to his lighthearted kid friendly material. Telling the story of a teenage girl, and her angst over her parents divorce and father’s remarrying, while her mother is working on stage and dating a tall slim man with frosted blonde hair and two-toned eyes. Lashing out at her father and step-mother she calls upon the Goblin King to take her half-brother, Toby.
I could literally go on about the sets, the practical effects, the cast and character development, but I just wanted to tell you that if your an old school movie fan bored of CGI and the unending threqual treatments; three decades later Labyrinth still holds up as a fun and family friendly movie.
The final showing is on Wednesday, September, 14, 2016.
Here’s a few and fun interesting facts:
Jennifer Connelly was only 14 years old at the time, she starred in this. Labyrinth was her first mainstream role. Where she gained public recognition. She starred in two movies previous to this, and did some child moldeling.
Starring David Bowie.
Michael Moschen, prefessional juggler spent most of the film crouched behind Mr. Bowie to make Mr. Moschen’s life a litter better Mr. Bowie dumped a basket of potpourri down the front of his pants. Mr. Henson thought the look was so funny, he inststed it be left in.
The screenplay is by Monty Python troupe member, Terry Jones.
Frank Oz has performed as a Muppet performer in over 75 productions including Labyrinth, video releases, and television specials, as well as countless other public appearances, episodes of Sesame Street, and other Jim Henson series. His puppetry work spans from 1963 to the present, although he retired completely from the Muppets in 2000.
Enter the magical world of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth! In honor of the film’s 30th anniversary, experience a spellbinding exhibit of goblins, gowns and behind-the-scenes artwork. Take a journey into the world of the Goblin King!
At Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts
Open until Semptember, 3, 2017.