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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…
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 Synopsis
Pan’s Labyrinth is a visually spectacular movie with interesting ideas and a compelling narrative. The story centers around a little girl named Ofelia, played by Ivana Baquero, who is forced to move out to the woods along with her pregnant mother to live with Vidal, captain of the Fascist regime of Spain, played by Sergi Lopez. But when she discovers that she is the reincarnated daughter of the king of the underworld, a faun, played by Doug Jones, gives her three tasks to prove her worthiness, all while dealing with a rebellion happening in the woods, which her stepfather is trying to eliminate. Guillermo Del Toro greatest feature in this movie is the visual splendor it offers.…
Pan's Labyrinth Blends wondrous imagination, spellbinding storytelling, and an extraordinary use of film as a format.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A young girl, named Ofelia, travels with her mother to live with her new stepfather, a cruel heartless captain, in an area of Northern Spain. Ofelia is unwilling to accept the harsh adult world. She retreats into a labyrinth where she meets a strange like creature, a faun who gives her a set of fearful tasks she has to accomplish.
As the film goes on the story becomes more intense, both outside the labyrinth (where Vidal tortures anything that breathes) and inside.
While watching the movie I felt like I was experiencing two movies at the same viewing: One, a period war drama, a tragic story of a little girl, her struggle, her love, her sacrifice and the heartbreaking ending,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Why Stereotypical Characters Aren't That Bad
When I first watched this movie, I didn't like the character of Captain Vidal. I saw him as an extremely dumbed-down, caricatured version of your typical fascist-in-power type character, to the point that I referred to him in class as "Hitler in Spanish." I dismissed this as simply being a product of the focus of the movie not being on him, but rather on Ofelia, as well as being an easy character to hate.
So when I read T. S. Miller's essay "Escaping into the Real: the fantasy of Pan's Labyrinth," I was surprised to find a different perspective on his character: that Vidal's portrayal in the movie is based on Ofelia's perception of…
Impresionante juego onirico de del Toro. Ambientación perfecta para un cuento de hadas ambientado en la guerra civil española que no dejará indiferente a nadie. Yo soy de los que disfrutaron como un enano con el film.
The movie is more than just a fantasy. It’s an important film about the power of childlike faith to guide us through a darkening world.
Views on Pan's
Watching Pan’s Labyrinth for the second time allowed me to shift some of my focus off following the plot and revel more in its imagery: both visual and dialogical. As highlighted in our class discussion, writer and director Guillermo del Toro spent almost ten years developing Pan’s Labyrinth. The movie is deeply rooted in mythology and scripture.
Such rich symbolism at times gives it the feel of a protracted film-poem. I found myself asking what Lorca or Neruda would produce tasked with creating a contemporary fantasy-genre film. The film's fantasy elements evoke the somber magical-realism of Marquez. I found myself wondering how much of the flavor of Pan’s Labyrinth is determined by its Spanish-ness.
I noticed the…
Pans Labyrinth takes you on a journey through a world of mystery and imagination. The labyrinth is created by a little girl trying to escape the horrors of fascism in world she lives in. Del Toro uses an amazing amount of soft light and shadow to frame the complex characters that immerge in his movie. The amount visual detail in this movie is astounding and I always seem to find a new and interesting detail every time I see it.
I immediately notice a large absence of color in the film from the very beginning. Only when Ofelia the protagonist begins her journey into her fantasy world do you see a rich abundance of color and fantastical creatures.…
beautifully frightening, takes on a child's perspective perfectly while not patronizing or giving too much up
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