What’s not to love about Labyrinth? It’s got Jim Henson creatures! Jennifer Connelly! David Bowie! And perhaps most importantly, David Bowie’s pants!
Labyrinth is the story of Sarah, a somewhat bratty teen girl who resents having to share her world with a stepmother who doesn’t understand her and a baby brother (Toby) who cries and needs to be babysat every weekend. Finally, fed up with it all, she tells Toby a story from her favorite book to play-act, also called Labyrinth, and much to her surprise, her brother is actually taken by the goblin king (Jareth) when she asks. She begs him to return Toby; she didn’t mean to really send him away, but Jareth tells her she can only have him back if she can get through the labyrinth to his palace on the other side of the Goblin City. Oh, and she only has 13 hours to do so, otherwise Toby will become a goblin and she’ll never see him again. Somewhat to Jareth’s surprise, Sarah accepts the challenge. She really does love her little brother.
The way through the labyrinth isn’t easy, of course. Things aren’t always what they seem, and Sarah starts out whining that the whole thing isn’t fair. The fairies bite, the walls seem to go on forever without turning, the creatures of the labyrinth move all the markers she tries to leave for herself. Along the way, she befriends some creatures; Hoggle, who fears punishment from Jareth and betrays her but comes back to help her in the end, Ludo, who she rescues from torture at the hands of other creatures, and Didymus, who was sworn to prevent anyone from crossing the bridge across the Bog of Eternal Stench without permission and joined Sarah after she realized she could simply ask his permission. After overcoming many setbacks and eventually fighting their way through the Goblin City, Sarah reaches the palace with only minutes to spare and then confronts Jareth in a totally awesome M.C. Escher-inspired room of stairs leading in all directions. Finally back home safe with Toby, she gives him the teddy bear she’d resented him playing with just hours before. She’s grown up.
What’s your favorite part of the movie? Have you ever wanted to send crying babies off to live with the Goblin King? (Noooo, of course I haven’t. Never.) How long do you think “Dance Magic Dance” will be stuck in your head after reading this? Any favorite gifs from the movie? (I’ll share mine in the comments.)