Applied Awesome – Labyrinth

applied awesome transThere are a few movies which I watched as a kid growing up which I want to watch with my own kids.  One of those movies is Jim Henson’s 1986 ‘Labyrinth’.

At its core the movie is about the transition between childhood and responsibility and the leaving of childish things and just how comforting those childish things are.

It is also the movie that launched the career of the then 15 year old Jennifer Connelly and featured the first use of relaistic looking CGI.  It flopped at the Box Office making only about half what it cost to make and since then has attracted a cult following on DVD and VHS (did I mention it was released in 1986).

Full of puppets, music, dancing, goblins, humour and David Bowie the movie is a fabulous blend of fantasy and tension.

It traces travails of young Sarah, played by the teenage Jennifer Connelly, who resents having to look after her baby brother and wishes that the child would be spirited away by the goblins which in time honoured movie style he is.  Realising the folly and self-indulgence of her wish she goes on a race against the clock to recover her brother from the Goblin King Jareth – played by David Bowie.  On her journey she meets and befriends a number of different, very different, characters and finally recovers her baby brother from the Goblin King.

Do yourself a favour and sit down with your kids for an hour and a half of pure magic and of course the music.  Labyrinth.

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