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Old August 1 2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

I just watched this movie again after all these years last night and WOW, it has aged badly. I also noticed Connelly's acting was quite awkward, i mean Henson cannot direct live actors but only puppets and David Bowie totally looked all drag-queen like even with that gross bulge in his crotch including big hair. The music sounds nice but the score sounded like a John Carpenter rip-off.

Now "The Dark Crystal" by Henson, "The Princess Bride" and "Excalibur" are all good examples of timeless 80's fantasy flicks. Even the recent "Pan's Labyrinth" is timeless.
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Old August 1 2009, 08:31 PM   #2
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Re: WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

I don't think you can put Pan's Labyrinth with the others, since they are all fairy stories and PL is anything but.
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Old August 1 2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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Re: WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

Heck, I didn't like Labyrinth any more the first time I saw it than I did when I revisited it earlier this year. It's just not that good a film. Bowie was totally ineffective at conveying any kind of menace, especially with those bouncy dance moves. It was too much of a vanity project built around him, his look, his sound, etc., and he was wrong for the role. And Jennifer Connelly was too young; she hadn't yet matured into the striking screen presence she became.

However, I would submit that directing live actors is easier than directing a puppeteered Henson creature. After all, in the former case, you're directing one person; in the latter, you're coordinating the efforts of at least two people, sometimes more. And Jim Henson was very good at getting believable performances out of Muppets and creatures.
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Old August 1 2009, 09:59 PM   #4
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Re: WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

PL is a timeless fantasy?

Good god! that was one of the most twisted, sick films I ever saw! Please tell me you're not showing that to anyone under the age of 16?
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Old August 1 2009, 10:05 PM   #5
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Re: WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

I only saw Labyrinth for the first time last year. I liked it, but it was definitely an 80s fantasy flick...

It may seem somewhat blasphemous to the fangirls of Labyrinth, but I actually would be interested in seeing a remake, perhaps with Johnny Depp as Jareth. I'd also suggest CG characters instead of puppets, but that may offend even more people than just the fangirls...

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Old August 1 2009, 10:53 PM   #6
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Re: WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

Do you think "The Dark Crystal" is better?
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Old August 1 2009, 11:12 PM   #7
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Re: WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

I do, it's one of my favorite fantasy movies.
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Old August 1 2009, 11:18 PM   #8
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Re: WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

Labyrinth was interesting at best even back in the 80's. The puppets *covers her eyes.. oh dear*.... I loved it for Bowie though.. *sigh*.

Another movie which I loved a lot, but has it's very cringeworthy moments is "Legend".. It has not aged superwell either, but it's IMO far better..
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Old August 1 2009, 11:29 PM   #9
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Re: WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

What about Princess Bride? Now that has aged well.
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Old August 2 2009, 12:49 AM   #10
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^ Now that's a classic!

As for Labyrinth, I had briefly considered purchasing the 20th anniversary edition a while back, but my father beat me to it. After watching it with him, for the first time since '87, I was very happy I wasn't the one to spend the bucks on it.
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Old August 2 2009, 01:00 AM   #11
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Re: WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

I haven't seen Labyrinth for ages, but I did like it a little as a kid, even though back then I wasn't sure about David Bowie.

I did catch Legend recently, though. Lord of Darkness FTW!
The Princess Bride is another film I saw briefly only a short while back, and loved. Must see it again some day.
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Old August 2 2009, 01:22 AM   #12
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Re: WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

Haven't seen the Dark Crystal; would love to, though. Also haven't seen Legend.

And, yes, of all of the movies mentioned in this thread, Princess Bride is DEFINITELY the one that holds up as a great classic!

I do have to admit that I like a good number of the songs from Labyrinth, and Bowie definitely, to me at least, only looks reasonably sexy when he's in costume... Watching the behind the scenes stuff, I found myself constantly wishing he was in costume when they'd interview him. LOL *shakes head* Just don't understand the appeal... Some fangirls really confuse me.

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Old August 2 2009, 02:00 AM   #13
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Re: WOW, Labyrinth (1986) hasn't aged well.

sojourner wrote: View Post
Please tell me you're not showing that to anyone under the age of 16?

Uhm, what does this have to do with his post? Did he erase a part about showing R-rated movies to minors that I didn't get to see or something?

Otherwise this has got to be one of the biggest non sequiturs of the week.
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Old August 2 2009, 02:40 AM   #14
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Legend is good for Tim Curry's character. Best example of the "Evil is Sexy" trope I've ever seen.
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Old August 2 2009, 07:28 AM   #15
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Please tell me you're not showing that to anyone under the age of 16?

Uhm, what does this have to do with his post? Did he erase a part about showing R-rated movies to minors that I didn't get to see or something?

Otherwise this has got to be one of the biggest non sequiturs of the week.
Not when he groups it with a movie like Labyrinth implying through comparison that it's on the same level as Labyrinth.

Or maybe I'm just over reacting based on my dislike of Pan's Labyrinth. I have a high tolerance for things in movies, but something in PL just strikes me as ugly on several levels and while I would have no problem showing lots of certain other R movies to someone in there early teens, this one just strikes me as being very strong material for anyone under the age of 16 or so.
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