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Review by Alys

The film Labyrinth is a family type children's fantasy film. It is very wholesome entertainment, with the usual good versus evil plot. It is also one of the best fantasy films that I have seen.

The producer and director of this film is Jim Henson. This really affected the film, because most of the characters are puppets. Only five characters, two of them static characters (Sarah's mother and father) are human. With the screenplay writer, Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame), he adapted the screenplay from the structure of the film designed by Brian Froud.

The opening scene is captivating, introducing the fantasy of the Labyrinth as a play that Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is obsessed with. Many of the lines she is practising are repeated throughout the remainder of the film, which helps to tie it all together.

The writer keeps your interest in the movie through the use of suspense. For example, in the second or third scene, the audience is startled by the dramatic appearance of the main antagonist, Jareth the Goblin King. Played magnificently by David Bowie, the Goblin King uses his wiles to try to keep Sarah in the Labyrinth forever. Not to mention that he also wants to turn her little brother into a goblin.

There is also a lot of comedy in this film, thanks to some of the puppet characters, namely the crazy Chilly Downs. Hoggle, the main puppet character, makes some timely and hilarious remarks ("The Cleaners! The Bog of Stench! You SURE got his attention!").

I found the ending a bit predictable, but for what is virtually supposed to be a children's film, it is to be expected. Personally, my sympathies lie with the Goblin King, and even at 7 years of age, I remember being bitterly disappointed.

This type of movie is slowly drifting into oblivion, and few like it are made. I have found it to be a great film, and I haven't hesitated to watch it again and again. It is a film that can take you out of the real world, if only for a few hours. I would definitely recommend this film to all. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of five. (Rated PG)

Reviewed by Alys

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