Director: Jim Henson
Original Release: 1986
Choice: My Wife's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is a sullen teenager who accidentally wishes her baby brother away, kidnapped by goblins. The Goblin King (David Bowie - and he really can do those cool tricks with the crystal balls) tells her she must solve a labyrinth to reach his castle in thirteen hours before baby Toby is lost to her forever. Adolescence sure is tricky!
The movie was a box office disaster in its original release. With a $25 million budget, it made barely half that back in ticket sales. I fail to understand why. Okay, Jennifer Connelly was not the most dynamic teenage actress but Bowie's an awesome Goblin King and the movie is peppered with moments of flat-out artistic genius. Dali and Escher influences abound. In my favorite scene, Sarah falls down a hole where disembodied hands grab at her from the sides. The hands form faces in order to speak to her, like so:
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Fortunately, the movie has enjoyed cult popularity since its video release and remains, at least to me, yet another strong element of Henson's legacy.