It was the mid-80's, which meant the time was right for David Bowie to stuff a sock in his pants, sport a full-fledged freak mullet, and attempt to seduce under-aged girls on the silver screen.
Though perhaps we shouldn't lay too much of the blame for this potential embarrassment on Bowie himself, since he didn't have a whole lot of control over his costume or the content of his music videos. All he did was play the lead role in a goofy fantasy movie directed by Jim Henson, and he wrote a handful of songs for it too.
Even though I was a child of the 80's and a die-hard fan of The Muppets
, it wasn't until my early 20s that I finally saw this film. I can't say why it took me so long, I suppose I didn't put much stock in a Muppet movie that didn't star Kermit. I do wish I'd seen Labyrinth
as a child though, I wouldn't have been so bothered by the plot's complete lack of sense. More importantly, I wouldn't have been plagued with cynical thoughts about Bowie's distinctly paedophilac manner towards 15-year-old Jennifer Connelly (I mean, what was with those crystal balls he kept waving in her face?).
Despite my somewhat cynical attitude towards this children's film, I found Labyrinth
entertaining and imaginative. I own a copy of it, so I'm probably one of the bandwagon that catapulted the film into its current status as a cult classic. As a Bowie fan, I also have to marvel how he could get away with anything - there was literally nobody else in the world who could've worn a costume like that and not come off as a total ass. You know what I'm talking about.
by Reviewer: Don Ignacio
(blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews