This fantasy flick would make a good double feature with The Dark Crystal. Muppets. Brian Froud’s design work. Of course this one has David Bowie and a young Jennifer Connelly as well. A teen stuck with babysitting duty wishes the Goblin King would come take her squalling brother away, which unfortunately for her he does. He gives her 13 hours to navigate a massive maze, and if she fails the child will become a goblin forever. Terry Jones’s screenplay has a little Python flavor here and there, but for the most part this is reasonably good kids’ entertainment. For a picture that takes place almost entirely in a fantasy realm, it has a strong 1980s flavor (especially the musical numbers). But it isn’t too dated to enjoy 30 years later. Mildly amusing


Genre: Action

Subgenre: Fantasy

Date Reviewed: 5/16/2010