Labyrinth (1986) Revisited – Fantasy Movie Review

Jim Henson was made of magic. That magic spread throughout many of our childhoods with Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and more. Henson created creatures we’d never seen but within all of them was a humanity that shown through every layer of felt or rubber that was used to make them.

In the 1980s Henson’s work took an even more fantastical turn, starting with The Dark Crystal (which we certainly will get to) and in 1986 venturing into a realm that bridged childhood and that time we all went through known as being a teenager…that disorienting and tricky labyrinth where we’re on our way to becoming that dreaded word…adult. Henson did this with the movie aptly titled Labyrinth and it would become one of the most beloved films of the 80s.

So, prepare yourself as we venture into the Goblin Kings lair where we’ll encounter David Bowie’s crystal balls (I swear there won’t be that many jokes like this…okay maybe not swear…) a bog full of epic gas, and Jennifer Connelly looking just as wide eyed entranced as we all would be if David Bowie waltzed us around a dance floor. Let’s Dance Magic Dance into 1986’s LABYRINTH.

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About the Author

Chris Bumbray began his career with JoBlo as the resident film critic (and James Bond expert) way back in 2007, and he has stuck around ever since, being named editor-in-chief in 2021. A voting member of the CCA and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, you can also catch Chris discussing pop culture regularly on CTV News Channel.