I know, I know. It’s very bizarre as a person who grew up with Jim Henson and had parents who were massive David Bowie fans. It’s been on my list for ages and a local movie theatre does “Flashback Tuesdays” so I decided to see it on the big screen. (For reference, I have also not seen The Dark Crystal)
Sarah Williams (Jennifer Connelly) is a teenage girl with a wild imagination. Stuck babysitting her baby brother Toby and frustrated by his crying, she wishes that goblins would take him away. This leads her on a mission through a labyrinth with all sorts of creatures to get him back from the Goblin King, Jareth (Bowie).
As with most kids movies from the ’80s, it was silly fun. Since I didn’t grow up with it, I feel like it’s hard to imagine how I would have felt about it as a young girl. Sarah, while slightly annoying, was pretty similar to how I acted when I was younger. I had such a crazy imagination (still do?) so that aspect connected with me more than I expected it to. But the overall plot is weird. Like Jareth just wants to steal babies, okay. Sure.
Bowie is fabulous and his costumes were to die for. The blue sequin number! Guh. But sometimes it got a teeny bit uncomfortable that he was essentially coming on to a teenage girl. Still, I get the sexual awakening he brought on to so many members of my generation. He was always very sexy. And the songs were okay.
Since this was a Henson production, there were lots of puppets and fun creatures! Even if the effects were a little cheesy, you can never go wrong with the intricacy of the designs and how they move. While not all of them are cute like the Muppets, I still enjoyed watching them. My favorite was probably Sir Didymus.
I’m glad I finally got to see this film. I’ve been in a very fantasy mood lately so it definitely hit the spot. And I really miss David Bowie.