Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Labyrinth… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
“The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
This week’s review – Labyrinth
After the success of Dark Crystal, Jim Henson wanted to produce another fantasy film but with a lighter tone after the complaints from many parents who thought the Dark Crystal was a little too scary and dark for children.
Mr Henson collaborated again with conceptual designer Brian Froud and brought in Terry Jones (from Monty Python) fame to come up with a story based on some of Brian’s designs. They wanted something involving Goblins set within a labyrinth. The original story by Jones was changed heavily during the course of the production and with the casting of David Bowie many things were changed to incorporate his musical numbers. The film wasn’t very successful at the box office and the feedback from critics was often harsh.
However, once it hit VHS it became huge and built up a large following quickly. Labyrinth stands out as a great technical achievement and has lots of heart and character to its story and design. This film should not be missed by any child growing up now, it has everything you need in a fantasy movie. All grown ups love looking back at this film and always remember it fondly.
The Original Trailer: