30 of 31 Fantasy Films in 31 Days: Labyrinth (1986) - Teenaged Sarah resents being forced to babysit her brother Toby while her father and stepmother are out, and so she – naturally – wishes that the Goblin King would come and take him away. But when Jareth does just that, Sarah realizes her mistake and sets out to solve the Labyrinth and reach the King’s castle before the clock strikes thirteen – or else Toby will become a goblin forever.
GOD DAMN WHAT DAMN GOOD CHILDHOODLERY RIGHT HERE. David Bowie (and his Magical Sparkly Codpiece) as Jareth the Goblin King? INSPIRED. There’s Muppets designed by Brian Froud – who also lent the use of his infant son Toby as the brother in peril – and a baby-faced Jennifer Connelly, music and dance numbers from Bowie, madcap sets and special effects, SPARKLES EVERY FUCKING WHERE because this was the 80s and you couldn’t do 80s fantasy without sparkles coating everything like month-old dust, and it just all adds up to one of the best Hades/Persephone stories ever; hello May/December trope kink! God, I just love this movie and everything it chooses to be and I sincerely pity anyone who didn’t see this during their formative years. How sad and unfulfilled you all must be.