Jim Henson's Muppets display more heroism, wit, cowardice and greed than most actors can hope to show — with the exception of David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, of course, in the wildly popular Labyrinth
. An epic story about the fight between good and evil, Labyrinth
delicately layers symbolism, Henson's abiding faith in humanity's goodness and musical numbers with a touch of magic. A young Connelly plays Sarah, an average teenage girl who becomes mixed up in an extraordinary underground world where "nothing is what it seems." Somewhat aided by the not-so-kindly dwarf, Hoggle, Sarah must journey through Jareth the Goblin King's (Bowie) elaborate maze to find her baby brother, who is currently a hostage of the king. Bowie's disdainfully cool and adolescent attitude is perfect for the role of King Jareth, as a handsome and sophisticated Goblin King could only resent a kingdom of so many undesirable creatures (including a Bog of Eternal Stench). Labyrinth
screens at the Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, 314-862-1100) at midnight on Friday and Saturday, August 28 and 29. Tickets are $7.
Fri., Aug. 28; Sat., Aug. 29, 2009