“Everything I’ve done, I’ve done for you. I move the stars for no one….” ~ Jareth
Everyone has at least one of them, right? A treasured, hidden, guilty pleasure movie that perhaps not even your best friend knows about? Or maybe just your best friend does? Have you watched Hunt for Red October a hundred times just for Sean Connery? Settled in to Love Actually for Colin Firth? Know all the lyrics to Grease 2? Can’t stop watching a flick you’d never actually admit to owning?
I’ll tell you mine if you’ll tell me yours….. Okay, I’ll tell you mine even if you don’t tell me yours.
As you might figure out from the movie poster, Labyrinth is one of my most guilty, most pleasurable distractions. It’s silly, it’s a little campy. I mean, come on… it has Frank Oz, Jim Henson and muppet-like characters. Okay, it has Jennifer Connelly, too.
And then there’s Jareth…. played by David Bowie. If you haven’t seen the movie, I’ll just tell you now… David Bowie is worth sitting through even the silliest parts. Yes, even the Helping Hands and the door knockers. His outfit alone… yowza! Don’t even get me started on the hair!
But, like all the best guilty pleasures, it remains a favorite because the story it tells is timeless. A young girl, conflicted between youth and adulthood, between girl and woman, dreams of having a different life, something more than what reality has given her. And in the end, well… no spoilers here. I’ll just leave it that character growth for Sarah and Jareth is a large part of the story. Sarah must decide which path to take, especially given one of Jareth’s better lines: “I have reordered time, I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations of me. Isn’t that generous?”
There’s even a rather good soundtrack as well. The dance at the ball is one of the most spectacular scenes, played against the song “As the World Falls Down.” You can watch that clip on YouTube here. A lot of girls who saw this movie swore that their wedding dress or their first dance would be modeled after that scene. Well, up until she breaks the mirror anyway…. Maybe, just maybe, I might have been one of those, way back then.
So, grab a chair and a drink of your choice and ‘fess up along with me.
What’s your guilty pleasure movie?
What keeps you coming back again and again to it?
I promise I won’t tell….
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