If there is any silver lining to come from the passing of a beloved cultural icon, it is the legion of wonderful things people will do to remember him. Articles, tributes, and, of course, the the sharing of favorite work can be comforting as we all process that loss in our own way. Following in this tradition, the Screen Junkies—never ones to disappoint—have just put out an Honest Trailer with the specific intent of talking about “…how awesome David Bowie was” in the 1986 cult classic film Labyrinth. And boy are we happy they did.
It’s no secret that we love the Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer series, as it sheds light on everything we want to say about the movies we hold dear, and it’s appropriate they turn their sites on Labyrinth in honor of the late and oh-so great David Bowie. As the Screen Junkies are not inclined to shy away from what they do best, this Honest Trailer doesn’t pull any punches in showing off the many problems of the film. The dialogue isn’t the greatest and there are substantial questions about the plot being an allegory for puberty. In truth, Labyrinth probably wouldn’t have become such a cult hit had it not been for Bowie’s “King Jareth.”
His performance is really what most people remember about the fantasy film. The video is quick to point out those memories, most of which revolve around “Magic Dance,” Jareth’s contact juggling and… other mesmerizing objects such as…
…THE COSTUMES! What did you think we were going to say? Sheesh! Get your minds out of the Bog of Eternal Stench.
Labyrinth really does owe so much to Bowie’s performance, as it’s probably the biggest reason the movie holds such a special spot in our hearts. We also have to thank Screen Junkies for insisting that Baby Toby’s tears must have been completely genuine in every scene. Even as adults we’d be creeped out spending any time with those puppets.
What do you think of the latest Honest Trailer? Let us know in the comments below!
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