80s Fantasy Movie Review: “Labyrinth”

labyrinth-posterI have embarked on a quest to watch a number of 80s Fantasy flicks and share my findings with you, dear readers. Today, we reflect on Labyrinth. This is one of the many on the list that I had not seen before, so I’m coming at it fresh.

The movie does many things right. The intro scene is just great, and the premise is a perfect set up for a childhood classic. It just feels like a perfect movie for kids to watch with the setup of Sarah having to watch the “annoying” younger child, Toby, along with her drifting into fantasyland, and more. It’s got 80s movie written all over it, but in a good way. The premise with Sarah having to make her way through a labyrinth to get Toby back is fun. Plus, David Bowie is a pretty awesome Goblin King.

The sets were also pretty cool to see, and some of the costumes were really neat.

Let’s just get this out of the way: you can’t unsee David Bowie’s pants. Every scene it’s like they decided to accentuate a certain masculine feature of the man by means of strangely fitting garments. One might even argue that his pants are the true antagonist of the movie. I’ll just leave it there.

There are also some really inexplicable scenes, like the one with the weird fire thingies that throw their heads back and forth. It’s just weird, extremely long, and obnoxious. Other scenes also seem to be really drawn out to the extent that the movie seems to absolutely crawl at times.

All that said, though, this is another 80s Fantasy Flick I wouldn’t mind seeing again. It has an undeniable charm and real sense of fun throughout that is absolutely necessary for a movie like this.

The Good

+Fun childhood fantasy story
+Intriguing premise
+David Bowie
+Good sets

The Bad

-Often feels bogged down
-Many weird scenes
-David Bowie’s pants

The Verdict

My Score: B- “It’s weird and it really drags at times but the sheer amount of charm the movie possesses makes it fun to watch.”

Guest Verdict: “It’s hard too go to far wrong with fun music and lovable puppets.”

Conclusion

“Labyrinth” is a fun movie I wouldn’t mind seeing again, particularly with the ability to skip through some of the unnecessary scenes.

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Time to Watch some 80s Fantasy Flicks– I describe my quest to watch a bunch of 80s fantasy movies. This post also features links to all the reviews done so far.

A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy that would please Crom Himself– The original list of movies that made me embark on this quest.

SDG.

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Time to Watch some 80s Fantasy Flicks

the-dark-crystalI recently ran across a post on Tor’s blog entitled “A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy that would Please Crom Himself!” I read through it because I love fantasy, but then I realized how disturbingly few of these movies I have actually seen. In fact, the only ones I had seen were #1 “The Neverending Story” and #2 “The Princess Bride.” These movies are amazing, and I figured I’d watch the others. So, here we go!

I’ll be writing a brief snippet/overview of each flick, then going through “The Good” and “The Bad” aspects of the movie. After that, there will be a grade from A+ through F. I’m hoping to pick up some awesome viewing along the way. And hey, if I don’t, I suspect a bunch of 80s movies will be hilariously weird enough to at least be entertaining.

I will update this post with links to the reviews as I watch the movies. I expect this will take me a long time to get through, but I have already watched one of those I haven’t seen yet, so buckle your seatbelts because we’re going to embark on an epic adventure of hair and magic as we go through some 80s Fantasy flicks together.

Reviews

The Dark Crystal Review– Fantasy Muppets LOTR. How does it fare?

Labyrinth Review– David Bowie as a fantasy movie star? Where do I sign up? Or maybe I need to sign out?

Willow Review– How does Lucasfilm’s try at an epic fantasy work out? Check out the review to find out.

Ladyhawke Review– I immediately bought this one. Why? Read on to find out!

The Black Cauldron– Many people’s childhood favorite. I’d never seen it before. Does it hold up to a viewing from a 28-year-old?

Clash of the Titans– How does this retelling of Greek mythology play out? Wait, is that Maggie Smith? What!?

Highlander– We all know “there can only be one,” but is this one worth watching?

Legend– Ridley Scott and Tom Cruise? Could anything possibly go wrong? [Yes.]

Excalibur– You better dust off your copies of King Arthur lore before watching this one. Seriously.

The Last Unicorn– An annoyingly catchy theme song basically tells you the plot of this one. But can a truly vile enemy make the movie great?

Conan the Barbarian– Arnold as fantasy warrior. What could be better?

Dragonslayer– Dragons must be slain. Does this movie do this fantasy trope justice?

The Neverending Story– I loved this movie as a kid. How does it hold up after so many years?

Conan the Destroyer– Will the second iteration of Conan be worthy of the first?

The Beastmaster– Do you enjoy a heaping helping of animal abuse with your film? No? Don’t watch this one.

List of Movies

Here’s the list provided by Tor. If you have any comments on any of the movies (PLEASE BE SPOILER FREE), feel free to drop your thoughts/recommendations.

Cave Dwellers
Krull
Highlander
Masters of the Universe
The Black Cauldron
The Beastmaster
Excalibur
Clash of the Titans
Legend
Willow
Labyrinth
The Last Unicorn
Conan the Barbarian
Dragonslayer
Ladyhawke
The Dark Crystal
The Princess Bride
The Neverending Story

Star Wars and Disney: Match made in…. ?

I’m a gigantic Star Wars nerd. I sit here with my Boba Fett watch on, my keys in my pocket with the Boba Fett key chain, typing on the computer next to my Boba Fett bobble head, my Star Wars slurpee cup (change jar), with my Darth Maul blanket to keep me warm. My bedset is Star Wars, with the Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing on it. There’s a Boba Fett figure on my bookshelf, and my Christmas Tree will be covered with Star Wars ornaments. I’ve read every post-original movies Star Wars book. I’ve read a decent amount of the graphic novels.

I love Star Wars.

It has been said for years now. There will be no more Star Wars films. It gave me a sense of finality. Yes, the books will continue, and I love them, but the movies are over. Watching the original trilogy was part of my childhood that I would not have wanted to be without. I will never forget the sense of wonder when I first saw any Star Wars movie–it was Return of the Jedi, and I was watching it on my uncle’s couch. I saw Boba Fett and thought he was so cool (still do, obviously!), and the story was just amazing to me.

Now there is the news: Disney bought Lucasfilm, there will be new Star Wars movies.  Intial reaction: shock. I actually had trouble believing it is true.

But what does it mean for my beloved franchise? Will they follow the story in the sequel books? If so, how will they get actors to sign on for an endless string of movies? And where will they start? The Thrawn Trilogy? Oh my goodness. I just realized that is a possibility. Suddenly I’m more excited for something than I’ve been in a long time. I was already.

So, Disney bought Lucasfilm? I hate it. I love it! I hate it. I LOVE IT! Oh please let good things happen.

Here’s the thing though…. what if they ruin it? What if they go with some of my favorite books and then just destroy them? I know how I would feel:

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