Most people today get their idea of fairy tales from the watered down Disney variety. As much as I enjoy Disney films, it is sad that the true stories are being lost. Sadder still is that if people were to actully listen to and read fairy tales in the way they were meant to be listened to and read, the storyteller would be accused of being a sick and violent person (even though the society we live in is much more sick and violent).
Jim Henson was not afraid of telling a story in the way it was meant to be told. Jim Henson told fairy tales the right way. Such is the case in LABYRINTH.
LABYRINTH is sort of a modern day fairy tale. Sarah is selfish and doesn't want to babysit her crying baby brother. So, she wishes for the goblins to take him away. Did anyone ever tell you to be careful for what you wish for because it might come true? Well, that's just what happens here. The goblins steal Sarah's brother, Toby, and take him to the castle in the goblin city. Sarah can save her brother, but only if she can successfuly navigate the labyrinth that leads to the city in a short amount of time. Sarah begins the quest and in doing so meets up with several loveable, frightening, and confusing creatures. They have several adventures which ultimately lead to Sarah's confrontation with the Goblin King.
LABYRINTH is a delightful fairy tale adventure. It has scary monsters, a fight against evil, and a moral lesson. Children will enjoy watching it. However, I think adults may enjoy it even more because they will understand the parrell between the "fantasy world" and Sarah's (and perhaps your own) real life.
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