Opening credits with a computer generated owl flying around the screen takes forever to end and get to the start of the film, but whatever you do, don’t hit skip; it takes you a little further beyond the beginning meaning you must fast forward backwards. This film is great but has flaws starting from the beginning.
Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), feeling unloved and abused because she is forced to babysit her infant half-brother for a few hours, wishes the goblins would take him away. When they do, she quickly regrets and begs for him back. But the goblin king (David Bowie) refuses to hand the child back so easily. First she must make her way through the labyrinth to the castle in the centre.
The film is populated with the creepiest puppets ever, so I wouldn’t allow any children under twelve to view this. And let’s not mention the groping hands dropping Sarah into the oubliette. That said, there is a certain magical charm to the film, maybe it’s something to do with the minimal use of computer generated characters, or it could be the randomness of the story itself.
David Bowie back in tight tights is great as the king of the goblins. That performance alone makes this film great. Add the fact he wrote the music and performed most pieces, and you can forgive the fear you will develop and suffer from for many years of a fuzzy creature suddenly appearing from under the bed.
This film is very confusing. Some stuff is way too out there and disturbing, other things are hilarious or touching. I love this, but cringe.