No, this is not a review for the 80s David Bowie film that features Jim Henson’s creature-creations (which is a good, fun film, by the way). This is a review of the 2012 miniseries based on the bestselling book written by Kate Mosse. The book is historical fiction with a slight sci-fi element, and it is an excellent read. If you’re a fan of the book, you will certainly want to give this screen adaptation a look.
If you are not familiar with LABYRINTH, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:
Heart-pounding adventure, shadowy intrigues and dangerous passions ignite this epic story about two women—separated by centuries—who share a destiny to protect the secrets of the legendary Holy Grail.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a sucker for good historical fiction. In fact, one of my favorite books of all time is PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follett. But if an author or filmmaker can weave believable time travel into the mix, my interest is definitely piqued. Such was the case with LABYRINTH. I knew this was a must-see the minute I found out it was in production; the book is very impressive, and I was interested to see how well it could be adapted for the screen. I’m happy to report that this is a hearty adaptation, and although not perfect, it is definitely worth a watch.
LABYRINTH is shot well and looks good onscreen. The production value looks high, which is evident from the detailed costumes and set pieces. Although this is a miniseries, the budget appears pretty high even so.
The acting is great, with John Hurt and Tom Felton headlining a great cast. Jessica Brown Findlay and Vanessa Kirby do an excellent job of playing off one another, and I have to particularly give a shout out to Tony Curran, who portrays Guy D’Evreux; I have loved Curran’s work for many years, ever since I saw him in THE 13TH WARRIOR many years ago, and he does a stellar job once again here.
My sole complaint about this screen adaptation of LABYRINTH is that it is a bit slow at times. Whereas the book is paced very well and moves at a nice clip, this film feels as if it drags in parts around the middle, which made my mind wander a bit. Thankfully, this does not happen so much that it ruins the film.
Still, LABYRINTH is a heck of a film, and I recommend giving it a look. It is available now in a variety of formats, so check it out.