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…
Pan's Labyrinth is a spellbinding fairytale with the trademark creepy touch of Guillermo Del Toro. He perfectly captures the fantastical mind of a child but casts gives the film his signature dark twist to create an unforgettable result. Lullabies are sung with hauntingly and with a deep sadness to introduce characters that are both fantastical creatures that would light up a storybook page and bizarre monsters from the nightmares of children (I'm looking at you hands for eyes).
The film itself tries to land a balance between the fantastical elements of the underworld and the bleak reality of the Spanish civil war. The true monsters come out as those who try to defeat the rebels, as the Captain takes on…
if i didn't watch del toro's earlier film first, it would have really surprised me how he meshed all these disconnected elements together. he did it before, but not on such a level. the fantasy (which was amazingly realized with really good effects), the war time setting, horror, violence...
the only detractor was that he pretty much copied and pasted the antagonist from his previous film, devil's backbone, but he was much more interesting here (and fitted into the story much more organically)
and the ending was one of the best i've seen
Pan's Labyrinth is a beautiful film full of intrigue and wonder.
It follows the story of Ofelia who is convinced by a faun that she is the rightful ruler of a mysterious underworld. But before she can enter that world, she must first complete 3 dangerous tasks.
While this is going on her stepfather, an ruthless and sadist officer in the Spanish army, is trying to destroy a group of fascist rebels that are hiding out near his camp.
What makes Pan's Labyrinth so great is del Toro's ability to interweave these stories and have them build and grow off of each other. Ofelia's stepfather is presented as a monster, something that could very well be lurking in the labyrinth.…
Anthony Lane wrote in his New Yorker review, "to pick holes in it seems mean," and maybe it makes me a big meanie, but I just don't get it. At all. So much amazing incident with so little consequence.
It would be pointless for me to write a full review for Pan's Labyrinth because in my opinion it is perfect so I'd have absolutely nothing bad to say about it. It's wonderfully directed by Guillermo del Toro, every single shot is beauty in it's purest form!
Guillermo Del Toro is a director who I've always wanted to watch move of, having only seen Pacific Rim from him movie-wise and the incredibly disappointing The Strain on the television. Thankfully, Pan's Labyrinth shows why he's such a brilliant director, offering a unique take on a chilling, foriegn-language fairy tale that is essential viewing for any fans of the horror genre.
Following the adventures of ten year old Ofelia at her new home with her pregnant mother and abusive stepfather, Pan's Labyrinth explores her discovery of the titular labyrinth, which is guarded by a faun who claims to know her real destiny. If she can complete three tasks set by the faun, she will be able to return to…
I would give this more stars if I could. Ever once and a while I come a across a movie that gives me goose bumps. This movie did just that. Breath taking, stunning effects, unique, simple perfect!
The more I think about this films the more I like it. Del Toro has truly created something magical, and I believe this will definitely remain the crowning achievement of his career.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!