Saturday, February 09, 2013

Fan Theory

I read this fan theory online today that was specifically referred to as a "fan theory" and even more exactly as a "mind-blowing fan theory" about the film Labyrinth. It goes like this: the whole film is a metaphor for a girl struggling with the onset of puberty.

I don't think that's a "fan theory" so much as an analysis of the film's subtext, or a "mind-blowing fan theory" so much as it's totally fucking obvious. It's a fairy tale, and almost every fairy tale that has stood the test of time has been about a girl struggling with the onset of puberty. There's a reason Little Red Riding Hood strikes a chord with people much more than that one about the guy who wears the bearskin to turn into a bear.

I mean, jeez, Labyrinth is one of my all time favorite movies, but it can basically be boiled down to this: Jennifer Connelly has to try and navigate her way through an ever-changing maze (her changing body), evade David Bowie's codpiece's weird advances, learn who to trust, and accept maturity and responsibility. And then she gets a baby at the end of it.

I mean, come on. If you don't get that you either aren't paying attention or haven't seen it since you were 10. It's hardly revelatory. You kind of oversold the "mind-blowing" bit of it.

3 comments:

Autumn said...

I thought that was just...obviously what it was about. Was it supposed to be a secret?

Immodium said...

"If you don't get that you either aren't paying attention or haven't seen it since you were 10." ---

Spot on.

Jedediah said...

I just read an essay on how Spirited Away is about child trafficking and child prostitution. Wait, what?
But Labyrinth...yeah. The only movie that is more obvious about this is The Company of Wolves.