All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
What happens when make-believe believes it's real?
Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real father, Ofelia must complete three terrifying tasks.
Guillermo Del Toro's obsession with the child's perspective is often the death blow of many films that have been produced with his name attached to it. He should stop producing them and he should start making them again because he has proven time and again that he is a fantastic storyteller and Pan's Labyrinth seems to be the film that blends together everything he values in film and stories.
This film is terrifying. Not so much because it is scary or filled with gore, no it is terrifying because we are scared for someone. Ofelia is a fantastic protagonist. She is a girl you automatically want to protect from the horrors around her and that investment is where this film…
Everytime I re-watch Pan’s Labyrinth I am reminded how brilliant it is and how foolish I was for ever forgetting its undeniable qualities. Whilst Guillermo del Toro’s references are clear for all to see - from Spirit of the Beehive and classic children’s literature to the monster movies of his childhood - his blending and combination of influences creates something uniquely his own. The story - a young girl entering a fantasy world in order to make sense of her troubled reality - is nearly as old as storytelling itself. Yet, del Toro returns this conceit to its roots. This is no sanitised or family friendly descent into a safe world of talking creatures, this is a world as grim…
Blending together the horrors of both reality & fantasy into a spellbinding tale, Pan's Labyrinth is a blazingly original, extraordinarily artistic, technically accomplished & astonishingly beautiful film with a rare ability to immerse the grown-ups into its fantasy world in a manner that very few examples of its genre can emulate, and even lesser when the story is a downright fairy tale.
Set in the fascist Spain of 1944, it tells the story of Ofelia; a young girl in love with fairy tales who comes to live with her new stepfather & escapes into an eerie but captivating world of fantasy. Being told that she's the long-lost princess of an underground kingdom that's awaiting her return, the film covers Ofelia trying to prove…
Visually Exquisite! Truly a sight to behold! The macabre story itself is unlike any adult fable I have ever come across! A rich blend of dark fantasy mixed with the harsh realities of a cruel unforgiving world!
In any other hand's other than Guillermo del Toro I have no doubt this film would have failed miserably! His gift of telling an unsettling story through the innocent eyes of a child is unequaled!
As accomplished as he may be he understands he is only as good as the people he surrounds himself with! Everyone on-screen and off-screen were top notch in their respective fields! But his MOST impressive decision was when he cast Ivana Baquero as Ofelia!
She was absolutely magnificent! Her portrayal of Ofelia was exceptionally heartfelt and genuine! As was the audiences reaction towards her!
This film has been compared to lots of fantasies, from "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Bridge to Terabithia" to "Lord of the Rings." Ebert & Roeper once called it a well told "adult fairy tale." And I understand that. After all, there is a fantasy world, a brave mission to accomplish, and danger lurks at every turn. But this film is so much more grounded in reality than that; to me, it is a tragic war movie that just happens to have a very imaginative sub-plot.
To be specific, I never felt like crying while watching Narnia or the LOTR trilogy, but this got to me to the point of tears. Harsh truths. Innocence lost. Inhuman cruelty. Scenes of torture and…
What a Wonderful World Challenge Film #8
Roughly a year ago, I celebrated the start of a weekend by doing one of my absolute favorite things: making a Blu Ray purchase. With any other type of shopping, I prepare a strategy in advance that will get me in and out of a store in the shortest amount of time imaginable. Life is too short to spend it grocery or clothes shopping, but adding a movie to my collection? That is simply the bees knees. I could spend hours wandering the aisles of a store containing a vast amount of Blu Ray options and I will enjoy every second of it. On this particular day, I ended up leaving that store…
In early post-Civil War Spain, Ofelia accompanies her pregnant, widowed mother to live with Ofelia’s stepfather, the Francoist Captain Vidal, the big bad wolf of the story. Like Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and many much older stories, Pan’s Labyrinth is a fairy tale about a prepubescent girl entering a fantastical world. The reality of Spain is conveyed through cold blues, greens and grays while the world of fantasy is depicted through vibrant shades of gold. The moral themes of choice and disobedience run through both worlds. Pan’s Labyrinth’s power rests in the beauty and brutality of its images, its archetypal richness and its elegant, fairy tale simplicity.
Genuinely imaginative at its best moments (particularly a setpiece involving a monster with eyes in its hands!), this fantasy film about a sullen but enterprising young girl dealing with an evil buffoon of an army dad in Spain during WWII is nevertheless fatally maudlin with no nuance to its characters (especially the cartoonishly heartless villain). Ivana Baquero's central performance is marvelous, but it feels like the entire movie is a simple exercise in applying explicit gore and unforgiving brutality to traditional tropes of children's films, which are much more effective when they're subtle anyway. Exquisite production design hampered by fairly rote CG effects work, despite some beautiful shots here and there.
Pan's Labyrinth is tightly done. It works as an adult fairy tale, nicely evoking some spooky sequences and creating a nice world to surround its lead. But it's not as complex as the world it portrays ought to be, and I think its adult characters are a little undercooked.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Good or Evil
Guillermo del Toro did an absolutely amazing job with this movie. It is incredible in splitting your mind so to say. What I mean by that statement is that this movie does an incredible job at splitting up and showing both good and evil and draws you in so much, and shows you both sides so clearly. The movie also tugs on many different emotions very well because of the way it shows you the different sides. It all ties in with that ideal of two different worlds whether it’s good and bad or fantasy and reality, this movie and the acting does an amazing job on both.
This was the first movie I have seen with…
A masterpiece - one of the most visually complex movies ever made.
A thoroughly unpleasant and emotionally contrived piece of ‘fantasy’, that aims high but misses almost completely.
Just a magical and powerful film that transcends what could be hokey and overly sentimental premise about escapism by juxtaposing it with a very brutal and unforgiving reality. Ivana Baquero is absolutely wonderful as the child, able to display absolute wonder and uneasiness about the underworld that she visits, but is even more frightened by the actions of the humans.
The film looks gorgeous, bolstered by some incredible photography and set designs throughout. It's also a film that sneaks up on you emotionally, I was in to the film and knew that threats were very prevalent due to how many people are lost throughout, but the ending really hit me and elevated it even more.
This movie is a favorite, but I hadn't seen it in a while. Gave it a rewatch and it's just as stunning and beautiful as it is in my mind whenever I think on it fondly.
Great example of how to do a dark fairy-tale. This movie is depressing and wonderful at the same time. Visually very well done and the acting is spot on. I wish I knew Spanish so I didn't have to read the subtitles and enjoy the movie without distraction.