Theres something so iconic about a childrens movie that combines larger-than-life goblin puppets with bizarre backdrops and David Bowie in tights.
Of course, Im talking about Labyrinth, the 1986 fantasy film about a goblin king who kidnaps a baby for no apparent reason.
I’m kidding, of course there’s a reason. It’s because the baby’s snotty older sister wished he’d disappear. That semblance of plot doesn’t make the movie any less weird, though.
The kingforces the boy’s teenage sister, played by Jennifer Connelly,to brave a ghoulish maze and steal her brother back.
The surreal movie impressed me, but primarilyleft me wondering why Bowies package was so evident in a family-friendly film.
On the day after Bowies death, its challengingto consider the far-reaching impact his career had on the music industry.
Whats also challenging, although not nearly as poignant, is considering the impact Jareth, the Goblin King, had on a generations developing sexuality. He had panache, confidence and a wig that would make Cher proud.
The importance of stealing babies isnt the only lesson we can take away from “Labyrinth.”
Bowie’s character was to goblins what Naomi Campbell was to 90s supermodel culture.
No one has ever topped Jareth’s bad boy style. Even women can learn a lot from him.
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