Labyrinth (1986) is the awesomely creative result of truly great minds working together. Directed by Muppet mastermind Jim Henson, produced by science fiction god George Lucas, with music by pop legend David Bowie, this movie is a fantasy masterpiece! As a child it was one of my top three favorite movies, despite my total ignorance of the genius behind its creation.
Labyrinth tells the story of Sarah (played by a young Jennifer Connelly) who is a typical teenager frustrated with the tedium of her life; her parents are divorced, they don’t understand her, and she is always left to babysit her annoying little
brother Toby. Sick of his crying and her responsibilities Sarah says, “I wish the goblins would come and take you away. Right now.” Magically, Toby’s cries finally become silent when he disappears from the house. His sister learns that he has been taken by Jareth, King of the Goblins (David Bowie), and in order to save him Sarah must solve Jareth’s great maze, known as the Labyrinth, within thirteen hours. But if she fails, he will turn Toby into a goblin and keep him forever, and so the story begins!
If you’ve never seen this movie rent it, and if you are lucky enough to live in NYC you can even go see it on the big screen this Friday! There is a special 7 pm showing at the Museum of Art and Design. You will not be disappointed.