Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) feels put upon by her parents, and after babysitting her little brother turns into a competition of who can shout the loudest, she wishes him away.
The Goblins from her favourite book, Labyrinth, are willing to oblige. They whisk him away into their King's (David Bowie) castle which is protected by a huge labyrinth.
Sarah travels to the Goblin world and vows to rescue her brother, but there's more to the labyrinth than meets the eye.
The late, great Jim Henson has a lot to answer for. Visually similar to an extended version of The Muppets, Labyrinth sees David Bowie (a popular musician) leading a horde of bizarre looking puppets to keep hold of a captured child while his sister makes her way through an impossible maze.
As you can expect, the film can easily divide opinion amongst children and adults alike. Some children will be drawn to the animated characters whilst others may find them disturbing with faces that are difficult to relate to. Some adults will enjoy the humorous one-liners and general comedy, whilst others will wonder what the point of the whole story is.
David Bowie does demonstrate that not only can he act, but that he can also sing (who'd have known?). More often than not though, I was just left wondering whether I was watching Sesame Street as the cast burst into song as the story continues on around them.
On another note, Labyrinth reminds me of another mid 80's film - Gremlins. They're both aimed at moving children away from Disney and onto more adult-based films, and use puppetry to lure them away from cartoons. They're both quite fun though, despite bordering on the weird. Unfortunately, my movie knowledge around this time appears to have gone by the wayside, and both films had me raising eyebrows.
I shall just finished with what I thought when the credits rolled. "Hmm, odd."