The problem is that once we, like many fantasy fans, get started on the merits of the 1986 film "Labyrinth" it is difficult to stop. We'll start with a deliciously misunderstood David Bowie in his stretchy pants and a pointy wig, we'll pause at Monty Python's Terry Jones, who co-penned it, hilariously, and we'll end with director Jim Henson, a Muppets-and-more man who should be front-and-center on everyone's all-time idol list.
Then there's a gorgeous and feisty Jennifer Connelly in a puffy-sleeved shirt. That we've wanted for over two decades.
There are others out there who also want the puffy-sleeved shirt, and the adventure, and the fun the movie conveys. And every year in Hollywood those woodland-y wanderers gussy up for a two-night fantasy extravaganza called the Labyrinth of Jareth Ball. The masquerade isn't solely based on the movie, but on all good whimsical things and lore-ish loveliness, so if you want to stick wings on your back and call yourself a sprite, do it.
The costumes are outlandish, the setting sylvan and strange, the fantasy-fun outsized. We should mention that while "Labyrinth" is a movie that's enjoyed by adults and kids alike, the Labyrinth of Jareth Ball is aimed at the grown-up goblin.
And if you're headed for Comic-Con, we can only recommend that you try out your razzle-dazzle costume here first. What, you were only going to wear your dragonfly costume once? July 10th-11th, Henry Fonda Theatre