This notable and award winning Jim Henson fantasy movie evokes a certain nostalgia to the generation of moviegoers it belongs to. Thirty years forward this film along with its characters has had a great cult fan base following with its novelization and eventual manga version so to speak. No wonder after waiting for what seems like an eternity a rumored sequel – Labyrinth 2 Return of the Goblin King will be coming to theaters soon. Here are some unforgettable reprisals that have captured the hearts and minds of many and of which we surely hope to see.
The Flamboyant Goblin King
His deceptively good looks and enthralling costumes give in to every nook and cranny of an innocent heart. Not only that, but David Bowie’s persona is automatically turned into this beautiful and mischievous creature that grabs both men and women’s attention every time. The antagonist David Bowie may not be on this sequel but it would be quite an impact to have someone replace him with the same expectations on screen.
Jim Henson’s Puppetry and Costumes
The nostalgic presence of David Bowie as the Goblin King Jareth emanates magic and heights of sorcery of dramatic flair to enthrall even the most aloof soul. The effect of costumes and puppetry of realistic yet charming looking goblins adopt a big chunk of this fantasy movie’s fantasy magic appeal.
Much like any fantasy adventure movie the plot revolves in a game of cat and mouse. Jenifer Connelly as an elder sister tried to go through the Goblin King’s maze to rescue her brother from turning into one of his goblin servants. The audacity and charm of the Sarah in pursuit of her baby brother almost cuts the story short but a twist in the story makes her fall into a deep slumber with a poisoned peach.
Jareth and the Girl Sarah
Who can say what this movie contains aside from the amazing effects. The promise of the Goblin King and enthralling purpose of capturing Sarah translates to the magic onscreen between the heroine and antagonist. What starts as a game of cat and mouse soon turns into a blossoming romance and Jareth’s passion and entrapment of the girl Sarah becomes too irresistible even for the audience.
Songs of Magic and Love
Bearing the same egocentric, demanding and entrancing voice to kick in with the flamboyant singing prowess of the Goblin King is something to watch out for in case the same soundtrack is released. Much can also be said with the vocals rendered in songs such as the “Magic Dance” with Bowie holding the treasured babe in his arms. The movie pushes its story with harmony, mood and melody striking the very heart of the characters and audiences alike.
Goblins as Unforgettable Characters
To revisit the tale of Sarah in pursuit of her little brother deep in the Labyrinth meant Sara had to deal with the goblin servants of the Goblin King. These affable creatures from the “Underground” command a brand of trickery, game and mischief that come in all shapes and sizes. Yet in deceiving Sarah the goblin servants seem to foul up bearing their innocence and earnestness ending with a bonding and true friendship with Sarah.
The innocent babe and revolving characters
This movie captures the imagination of children of all ages and just so with the main characters. The goblin servants. Jareth and Sarah, her little brother, uplift the story more in an elaborate sequence of dance and song. No wonder we are still touched and keep to the screens to watch the story unravel with its twists and turns.
Memorable moments and lines that draw to the heart of this film
The Goblin King promises Sarah his all if she surrenders herself to him and in return he would willingly give up Sarah’s baby brother for her place.
Jareth: “Everything I’ve done, I’ve done for you. I move the stars for no one.”
Jareth: “It’s only forever, not long at all.”
Discovery of the presence of the Goblin King confronting her once and for all after a long journey in the Labyrinth turns Sarah into desperation and pleading.
Sarah: “You’re him, aren’t you? You’re the Goblin King! I want my brother back, please, if it’s all the same.”
Jareth: “What’s said is said.”
Sarah: “But, I didn’t mean it.”
Jareth: “Oh, you didn’t?”
The haughty and arrogant, power wielding Jareth bluffs and pushes Sarah to try even harder
Jareth: “So, the Labyrinth is a piece of cake, is it? Well, let’s see how you deal with this little slice…”
This is an earnest yet comical response from an innocent goblin servant to Sarah.
Sarah: “You’re horrible!”
Hoggle: “No, I ain’t. I’m Hoggle.”
The ending and final utterance fast approaches, as Sarah echoes the exact same words of the Goblin King to end all.
Sarah: “Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great…”
Representing a huge hurdle to retrieving her baby brother from the powerful Goblin King Jareth, weaving through his lair is not as simple as it seems. Thus the Labyrinth proves inescapable and at times, the fastidious Sarah is tried into mind bending games for her to solve on her own.
The Beautiful and Innocent Sarah
Played by a fifteen year old Jennifer Connelly her charm and beauty makes her the perfect object of the Goblin King’s affection. He tries to put her in a trance like state and promises her everything if she obeys all his commands. Sarah is sweet and promising and nothing could prepare her more than the challenge of the Labyrinth and its ruler the Goblin King.
The unique facets of the movie entangle and seem to remain in ones consciousness even when the end credits roll. If the Return of the Goblin King is truly forthcoming then the pieces of the story can unfold once again with a tumultuous or happy ending much like the original one. This epic story is worth retelling and sure to compare with no less than the prequel to leave us spellbound once again.