There is so much and so little to say about Labyrinth. I wanted to revisit the film once I started my 366 movies challenge, and then David Bowie died and then one of my favorite movie theaters here decided to pay tribute to him with a screening of it and The Man Who Fell to Earth, which I have not seen.
Of course watching it now felt bittersweet with Bowie gone and seeing him on screen in one of the movies I associate as much with nostalgia as with cinematic creativity and history in the world of film.
People in the audience cheered when Bowie’s name showed up in the opening credits and when he first appeared as the Goblin King.
I know I don’t need to describe the film except to say it’s weird and wonderful all at the same time and manages to mix what seems to be, at first, a 1980s coming-of-age story with total fantasy and heart and of course it holds up after all these years.
What did stand out more for me watching it as an adult was the music and score, which Bowie composed and, obviously, performed.
I know fans of Bowie’s whole catalog of music and film had a lot to mourn after he died. I will admit I have only heard and seen a fraction of his work in my life, but Bowie had such a cultural influence it didn’t take much to be affected by his art over time.
Seeing Labyrinth in the theater more than met my expectations and I don’t doubt the film will continue to stand the test of time.