Labyrinth

Labyrinth

DVD - 2014
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The story of a young girl who enters a world of her own creation and experiences her first awareness of love, responsibility, and danger.
Publisher: [United States] : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, 2014, c1986.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9780767821667
0767821661
Branch Call Number: LABY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Bowie, David
Connelly, Jennifer

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1aa
Aug 30, 2018

This is a great movie: its fun, funny, clever, inventive, uses many symbols and mytho-poetic tropes, interesting characters and their development, and there are several morals that it imparts (quite Guilliam-esqe, in fact). I liked how the 'knights and knaves' (a la Smullyan) device was used, but it was only used once! The upshot the film - "you have no power over me" which the main character discovers when she confronts the King of the Goblins - is an important antidote to the exaltation of the power of "story" and narrative that has become a dogma in recent years (indeed, once one realizes that a story is a story, it loses its power).

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Derringer
Jun 06, 2018

Well, one thing for sure - "Labyrinth" was certainly no "Sesame Street".

Back in 1986 when this fantasy/adventure film played in the movie theaters, I never got around to seeing it. But, now, viewing it 32 years later, I found myself to be quite let down by its story (which went on for far too long).

I also wish that David Bowie had put a little more wickedness into his rather bland portrayal of the (supposedly) wicked Goblin King, Jareth. But, I guess he had to tone down that sort of stuff since this film was clearly aimed at the kiddies.

Anyway - This bizarre, little movie was OK at best.

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Bang_On
Jun 01, 2018

Having never gotten around to seeing "Labyrinth" when I was but a wee tyke - Viewing it now, as an adult - I must say that I was tres' disappointed to find out that the late, great pop-icon, David Bowie sure didn't have the acting chops to convincingly play a wicked goblin king. Nope. He didn't.

And, speaking about the atrocious-looking fright-wig that Bowie wore - That, to me, was nothing but a source of "fly-away-hair" annoyance. It really was.

And, on top of that - Labyrinth's decidedly overlong running time of 100 minutes certainly played against its story being able to hold my full attention throughout its entire duration.

Anyway - Yes. Indeed. There were some very entertaining moments in this pre-CGI production. But I couldn't help but find its story to be very reminiscent of "Alice In Wonderland".

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Gwen904
Feb 26, 2018

Weeeeiiiiiiiirrrrrrdddddddddd…

Totally bizarre movie, but still interesting.

LiztheLibrarian Jan 25, 2018

It has David Bowie and muppets, what's not to love!?

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CTarcza
Sep 11, 2017

I loved this when it came out. Being a few years younger than the main character at the time made it highly relatable. It's basically a coming of age story. Even rewatching it I get so much out of the storyline that I didn't pick up on as a kid. If you haven't seen it before, the puppets and early CGI probably will disappoint you. I still love the songs and I even named my cat Jareth after David Bowie's character.

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sabrinarj
Aug 08, 2017

I just wrote a big huge comment that was at least 2 pages long with quotes and everything and I lost it somehow and I'm not rewriting it. All in all, it was very good I give it 5/5. ^_^

MissRoslyn Dec 22, 2016

One of the key movies of my childhood, this film was ahead of it's time in practical effects. Charming and funny, I am not surprised that it has endured as it has.

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Nancyhanks
Aug 02, 2016

This is a great movie with fantastic puppets. Be sure to view the extra features!

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1tarheel
Dec 15, 2015

I can see how this becomes a cult classic. Pretty amazing, technically, though, the soundtrack doesn't hold up as well. But that's maybe just me. Overall, this is a really fun watch. Reminds me why I still miss Jim.

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jgrnlees
Jul 21, 2011

Coarse Language: Minor swearing only. Rated PG more for the scary images/goblins, I would think.

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