Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Labyrinth (1986)

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labyrinthSarah hates her half-brother, Toby. Not only does she have to give up her free time to babysit him, but now her mother is giving away her favorite stuffed toys to the little brat! He can’t even appreciate her teddy bear, he is a BABY, he is barely a person! All Toby is good for is being a pain in Sarah’s side. She wishes he would GO AWAY! Or she did, until Jareth the Goblin King bursts into the nursery and steals Toby. Now Sarah has thirteen hours to work through the King’s Labyrinth or else Toby will be turned into a goblin. Suddenly, Sarah wishes she had been a little more careful about what she wished for.

This is a truly beautiful movie. Many of the film’s characters are puppets, created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, so obviously their design and execution are stellar. Every visual element of the film, the costume design, the backdrops, and the special effects, evokes a sense of wonder, which enhances the fairy-tale atmosphere.

In addition to stunning visuals, the film has amazing performances all around, particularly from David Bowie, who is eerily perfect in the role of an immortal goblin king. Both Bowie’s acting, and singing are a major highlight of the film, another highlight of the film is, of course, the Codpiece Bowie sports during the film.

What is most amazing about this movie is the story, it appears almost between all of the other great elements of the film, but it is there, and it is extraordinarily heartfelt, Jennifer Connelly’s Sarah, makes a fantastic heroine who grows immeasurably during her ordeal. Her story will appeal to children of all ages. Labyrinth is a rare movie that can entertain every family member.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Labyrinth.

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