Oh Labyrinth

by Ginger on November 8, 2015

in Random

We’re watching Labyrinth, and MAN is Sarah (Jennifer Connolly) the whiniest, nastiest, brattiest character. I mean, I know that’s part of the point, but I do kind of want to reach through the tv and smack her. “It’s not FAAAIIIIIRRRR” she whines through the whole damn movie.

I seem to recall thinking she was pretty annoying even as a kid, but the rest of the movie made up for it. It’s a little harder to deal with her now, because the movie doesn’t really hold up almost (omg) 30 years later. Sure, David Bowie and his pants are as amazing as ever, and the Henson characters are fantastic as usual, but WHOA do the effects not hold up. And honestly, a lot of the dialog and acting is super stilted. When the graphics and effects in particular start to break down, it’s hard to ignore the ways the movie isn’t as fabulous as I remember.

One of the weird things about being an adult is that I sometimes feel like I was just a kid, like, yesterday. Hell, sometimes I feel like I’m a kid NOW. Seriously, who put me in charge? But as if the bills, and responsibilities, and grey hairs weren’t enough of an indicator, occasionally I re-watch movies or shows from when I was a kid and go, “oooooohhhhh, yeah, these are OLD.” So many of them just really really look (and sound) their age, especially when you look at graphics or effects (ooh, and let’s just laugh at some of the fashions, yeah?). None of this newfangled super amazing realistic CGI that the kids these days are so used to. 😉

I do still love the movie though. There’s the nostalgia factor, the aforementioned David Bowie and his pants (no really, those pants should practically be a character unto themselves), and the Henson machine. I can also still sing along to the soundtrack, especially Magic Dance, like a boss (I used to have the soundtrack on TAPE, and I remember listening to it over, and over, and over, as a kid). My husband can too–he busts out his best Bowie when we’re watching. It’s actually pretty good. So yeah, I’ll keep watching and singing along, even as it looks and feels older and older.

But still. Sarah? She’s just a whiny brat.



april November 9, 2015 at 7:10 am

The kids got Goonies for Christmas last year but flatout refused to watch it. They watched this weekend and LOVED IT. Henry was so concerned for them the whole time. I thought it would be a little slow for them but NO. Now I’m looking into all the Indiana Jones/Mummy movies for them too. 🙂

And mmm, happy sigh while I think of the Goblin King.

Lisa November 9, 2015 at 12:21 pm

I like the idea of the pants being a character.

Emma November 9, 2015 at 8:02 pm

I never watched the Labarynth as a kid, but so many friends have that I feel like I should at some point. But I’m worried I’ll watch it now and not understand the awesomeness of it because of how old it is 🙂

Cherie November 12, 2015 at 10:41 am

So, I am normally strongly anti-remake, but I feel like Labyrinth would be a good candidate. Keep the music and keep Bowie (obv), but boost the acting and effects all the way around and you’ve got a winner.

Also, what does it say that Henson’s puppets ALWAYS are still awesome and relevant no matter the age? It says he was a singular genius, is what.

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