Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Review : Labyrinth

Labyrinth : Fifteen year old Sarah accidentally wishes her baby half-brother, Toby, away to the Goblin King Jareth who will keep Toby if Sarah does not complete his Labyrinth in thirteen hours. It's Adventurous and a genuine epic tale of fantasy and fun packed thrill.

So Labyrinth, it's a film about many things. It tells a story about love and heartbreak, it's about loyalty, friendship, courage, greed to name a few and all of these things and more a jumbled into one dynamically jam packed fun filled family adventure. It's many a favourite of many and I get a personal enjoyment out of it.

Although I do have to say that the film does take its time actually getting on wheels, and starting. Because at the start, The opening is very bold and you have the music of David Bowie electric guitar and 2 minutes and 47 seconds of opening credits with an owl flying about the place, and rather annoyingly this owl has to be there because it is has a significant value to the film.

Jennifer Connoly comes on she does her bit, acting out something that is going to be real later cliche. More credits roll in and more music from David Bowie to keep us in the mood, I thought it was a nice touch that some of his music was in the film, just adds a nice nod to the audience to recognise David's talent.

The attention to detail in this film is interesting, for instance. Have you noticed that almost everything in Sarah's room has something to do with the movie later. All except Judge Dredd, Why is Judge Dredd so prominent here. But there are other things like the puppets and the prostectic make up on creatures like hoggel and the attention to detail on Ludo and Didymus are all things to watch out for, however there are nit picks to watch out for and easter eggs, which are so ever so carefully planted in the film.

I think Jim Henson presents something that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. It's a bit more adventurous and more lighthearted than other films like it that I have seen previous, and it's an adventure story which sets off on a real great pace, there's lots of great fantastic battle scenes and lots of great fights and lots of running about and David Bowie.

The problems with Labryinth is trying to contemplate between what is the real world and what is imagination. For example with Sarah all it takes the get out of the dream world is taking a chair and smashing out of it. What is the point of having a dream world if the victim can just take something imaginary to get out? Do two imagines make a real? Its just confusing putting two and two together, but that's just an example of one of the problems I had identifying between the two worlds set up in the film.

Labryinth is a classic, and people love it. However it is a film with a lot of contemperate mistakes. So It's 8/10 for me.

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