It's Only Forever

Which, as Labyrinth-lovers know, is not long at all.

Some people have a new favorite movie every week. Mine has been the same since I was six years old; that was the year I first saw Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. I could watch that movie over and over and over again — which I did, until I’d memorized every last word and the VHS tape was entirely worn out.

Of course, I was too young to understand the symbolism behind the story: Young Sarah must sacrifice her own desires in order to save a loved one, and in doing so, she grows up, leaving fairy stories behind her…but not forever; her imaginary friends will always be with her as she matures, should she need them.

It’s a classic in every sense of the word, and it’s screening tonight at Red Rocks Amphitheatre as part of Film on the Rocks. Doors open at 6 p.m.; I’ll be there early to watch the carnival of aerial dancers, fire-breathers and puppeteers, to laugh at emcee Chuck Roy and to listen to Ukulele Loki and the Gadabout Orchestra before the sun sets and the film begins. Magic.

Tickets to Film on the Rocks are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and are available at www.redrocksonline.com or 1-866-464-2626; visit www.denverfilm.org for more information on the series.
Wed., July 16, 2008

 
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