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Jim Henson's 'Labyrinth' holds magical appeal for young and old alike (***)

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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2007 10:00 pm

Everyone has those movies they grew up with, films that may not be particularly well-made but are loved anyway because they represent an important part of one's childhood. For many people between the ages of 20 and 30, "Labyrinth" is one of those films that defy any formal criticism simply because it's so familiar - more like the embodiment of a fond memory than an actual movie subject to scrutiny.

Since I am apparently one of the few 20-somethings who never saw the film as a child, I simply assumed it was one of "those" movies and didn't think it would have anything to offer me as a first-time adult viewer. I was recently forced to watch the movie under duress, "Clockwork Orange"-style, and was pleasantly surprised to find a worthwhile fantasy film filled with real cinematic magic as opposed to an unbearably corny kiddie flick with no real substance, as I had expected.

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