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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…
It's just perfect and don't let anyone tell you differently.
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…
Visuals were stunning although the story became rather boring. I kept waiting for more creative, disgusting monsters, but they didn't show enough. I was left with two drawn out stories put into one movie that I thought had more potential.
I was only really excited when the hands-for-eyes creature was on screen, but even then I felt like I didn't get enough.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
After eight years, it's a bit of a letdown to find that PAN'S LABYRINTH really isn't a film about any labyrinth of Pan's but rather a film about a Spanish fascist general killing or torturing a bunch of people. In the confused moral landscape of the film, fascism seems to constitute "reality"; so I guess we're all fascists at heart, unless we live in fantasy worlds of course.
The film is imaginative but I found it to be a bit of a "fauny". Murky plot with sentimentalized characters, difficult to engage in, emotionally uneven and pointlessly obscure. I wanted to like it more, because it's pretty at times and Guillermo has got spirit, there's no denying that. But I found the film generally inpenetrable and often boring.
Pan's Labyrinth is an absolutely amazing film directed by Guillermo De Toro. It has beautiful cinematography, great performances, and really everything you could want in a fantasy film. I can't really fault this movie for anything so that's why I'm giving it 5 stars. I can't recommend it enough!
First of all, I feel like a total badass having watched this without subtitles and still understanding most of it.
This film grossed me out, made me cringe, and at the end, I loved it. The childish, mystical curiosity combined with the threatening reality of oppression and corruption creates a haunting mood that I enjoy revisiting whenever I think about the movie.
Also, the fawn. Can we just talk about that for a second but actually not because everyone knows exactly what I mean? Obviously the favorite character with Mercedes as a close second because she kicks immoral dictator butt.
31 Days of Horror: #13
Not a horror per se, but indicative of a Halloween mood. Everything about Pan’s Labyrinth is just about perfect; the atmosphere, the setting, the story, characters and especially the unique and amazing creature design.
La riqueza de El Laberinto del Fauno reside mayormente en que Del Toro sabe tratar con la misma profundidad el relato histórico y el fantástico. Uno puede quedar fácilmente prendado por el espectacular apartado visual y los diseños de personajes, y disfrutar la película como de una vieja fábula; o centrarse en el drama con valor histórico. Pero es el epicentro entre ambas donde la historia alcanza mayor madurez y donde encuentra su verdadero sentido. Y descubrirlo es más escalofriante que cualquier criatura que el director pueda diseñar.
By depicting the formation of fantasy and its crossover with reality, Guillermo del Toro doesn't attempt to hide the allegorical basis of Pan's Labyrinth. The film has an emotional imperative as the brutality of Ofelia's situation, and that of those around her, is only made more poignant by her naïve sense of hope after she discovers a labyrinth and is set a series of tasks.
There's a certain amount of assertiveness and proactivity that makes Ofelia's journey more than just a tumble into a rabbit hole. She's not afraid to get her hands dirty and passivity isn't an option as her world becomes a place she can control and succeed in. The best scenes are those set within the fantasy…
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