This was the second outings for Henson’s full length,
non-Muppet features. How did it fare?
Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Jennifer Connelly as Sarah
David Bowie as the Goblin King
Others created by Jim Henson’s creature shop.
Written by Dennis Lee, Jim Henson, and Terry
Directed by Jim Henson
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Past movie reviews can be found here.
A young girl must navigate the labyrinth to rescue
Sir Didymus in battle.
Inappropriate characters are present in the final
Like The Dark Crystal, the
originality is slightly
limited by telling a known story. (In this case,
it’s a new version
of The Wizard of Oz.) Still, they
incorporate a lot more
into this one. They don’t just build a new world,
but they provide a
new motivation, and introduce a series of subtle
moral lessons that
the target audience can really gain from. I give it
5 out of 6.
The effects were good when they didn’t
puppets that can take themselves apart. (That one
terrible. The next time Lucasfilm is looking for an
old work to
revisit and clean up, that scene should be it,
provided they still use
puppets instead of CGI.) I give it 4 out of 6.
The story is well written. There are some
puzzles, and encounters that are well designed to
lessons to the target audience. Most of those
encounters even serve a
clearly defined larger purpose while they go about
importantly, the story is engaging and entertaining.
I give it 5 out
The acting and puppeteering is serviceable,
spectacular. The puppeteering was much better than
Crystal, but the acting was stodgy. True,
Connelly was only 15
when they were filming this, so she didn’t have a lot
instruction behind her yet, but that doesn’t mean her
work here should
be rated as if it were good. (Now, her work in A
Mind or the fantastic Requiem for a
different stories. Unlike many child actors, she chose
to develop her
craft.) David Bowie is David Bowie. I give it 4 out
The emotional response is much better than
It’s a fun and engaging story that gets a nostalgia
boost it doesn’t
really need. I give it 6 out of 6.
The production is very well done. Take a
good look at the
credits; they include one Cheryl McFadden, better
known to most Bureau
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final sequence is extremely well done, and a nice
Escher. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, this is a fun movie, that doesn’t
educational as it actually is. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Labyrinth receives 34 out of 42.