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…
Having created something quite wondrous against a Spanish Civil War backdrop with The Devil's Backbone, it was an interesting move for Guillermo Del Toro to tread on similar ground for Pan's Labyrinth.
It's not really a sequel and the two storylines outside of the conflict-based background are obviously quite different. The Devil's Backbone was a ghost story and this is a dark fairytale. Even so, it's the sign of a confident filmmaker to revisit an area that he had already created a quite wonderful piece of work in and try it once again, but in no way connect it to…
More films should be made like this. You know, films where there's baby-eating demons with eyes in their hands and bad-ass servants who slice up faces of fascists from the inside.
My favourite foreign language film, by far. Guillermo del Toro should be given a knighthood. Even though he isn't British.
“Men talked amongst themselves about their fear of death, and pain, but never about the promise of eternal life. And every day, the rose wilted, unable to bequeath its gift to anyone... forgotten and lost at the top of that cold, dark mountain, forever alone, until the end of time.”
Well first, I’ll say what everyone is thinking; I am a complete idiot for waiting this long to see this film. Yes I know, it’s true, however the time has finally arrived, and 118 glorious minutes later, I am sitting here, contemplating how to review such a magnificent film.
I’ll start with the obvious; this film is pure magic. Anyone who can say that fairy-tales are for kids, is wrong…
Simplemente perfecta. Es extraordinario notar como se concatenan elementos tan diferentes entre sí para hacer una buena unión.
Uno va viendo que se llevan a cabo historias paralelas que no tienen nada que ver una con la otra, hasta que te dicen la verdad. Es increíble, todo está muy bien organizado, no ves fallas por ningún lado.
One of the best fantasy movies ever made, directed by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy). A dark Gothic fairytale which deals with the magical journey of a teenage girl in the backdrop of fascist era during World War II. Almost every aspect of this movie was immaculate and it went on to win 3 Oscars. (for cinematography, art-direction and make-up.)
In short, the perfect fairytale which is brilliantly directed, masterfully set up with amazing attention-to-detail, and visually jaw dropping with lots of gory elements.
I love happy endings.
I Like 2006's Pan's Labyrith, I Like It Because 1931 Was 75 Years Old In 2006.
The Good: Everything. Every single moment. Every single frame. This film never fails to blow me away every single time. Infinitely rewatchable.
The Bad: There is nothing wrong with this masterpiece. None.
The Bottom Line: Pan's Labyrinth is, without a doubt in my mind, one of the greatest fairy tale movies ever made, and that's coming from an unabashed fan of such stories. If you haven't seen it yet, well, you better get the fuck onto it right away. Pan's Labyrinth is essential viewing.
For a film that marketed its fantasy elements so heavily, both in the posters and the trailer you would think the fantasy elements would be the focus.
Instead Pan's Labyrinth appears to be a war movie that has some annoying fantasy elements that keep getting in the way. It often feels like you are watching two different movies and both of them are pretty average.
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 films of its genre can emulate, and even lesser when the story is a downright fairy tale. Imagined with a splendid vision, crafted with immense care, presented with magnificent artistry, infused with poetic beauty & ingeniously balancing its mythical world with real events, Pan's Labyrinth isn't only the finest film in the filmmaking career of writer-director Guillermo del Toro but also qualifies as one of the greatest fantasy films to ever grace the cinema canvas.
Full Review on My Blog.
A gut-wrenching story combined with some of the best creature designs I've ever seen.