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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.
Fantasy shaken by bullet fire and the agony of tired souls cut short, Pan's Labyrinth is a genuine marvel of storytelling, craftsmanship, design, and pure theatricality within cinematic boundaries. Skillfully told and heartrending in its mixture of warfare anxiety and childhood imagination, Guillermo Del Toro (master of understated drama and boisterous action) constructs a fluid vision that layers its "segments" with distinct separation. As each particular story (every subplot is important) eventually collides by the end of such a rich and engrossing tapestry, reality and illusion embrace in the most cathartic way.
It's a film that thrives because of its cumulative end, but Pan's Labyrinth succeeds so miraculously because each moment is plotted in line with Del Toro's storybook…
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…
Guillermo Del Toro's masterpiece, Pan's Labyrinth is a haunting gothic fantasy that embodies the horrors of a classic childhood fairy tale and brings them to an adult-oriented atmosphere shrouded in the reality of war. Reality and fantasy seamlessly interweave together in a gorgeous portrait of escapism, with the two in a constant clash for dominance in the story. Del Toro's visionary world building allows for a peer into the mind of an imaginative youth- an expansive aura of grotesque yet spellbinding images and architecture.
Sweeping and fluid cinematography provides breathtaking viewpoints of the vast and gorgeous landscape that fills Ophelia's imagination and conversely her cold, unreceptive reality. A fantastical score sweeps the senses directly into this universe of childhood fancy,…
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…
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…
You're classic girl meets mythological creature and does whatever it wants. You've seen it a million times
The creatures were visually interesting but to be honest I was more interested in the Spanish Fascists and those attempting to resist them.
So disappointing. After reading so many reviews describing it as "great fantasy for adults" I was expecting much more. A beautiful and dark masterpiece. What I saw was just clichéd random Disney cartoon with brutality.
The script is so bad that you almost cannot believe that something so poorly written ever made to screen. The story - an adolescent girl trying to escape into her childish imagination in the midst of partisan struggle against Spanish fascists - was simple as a piece of firewood. Dialogue was plain and banal.
Characters were so cliché and their acting so illogical that it literally hurt to watch.
Throughout the film there were only two fantasy scenes, the rest was imagination of a little girl, that no one else can see. There is more fantasy in any Jim Carrey comedy than there was here.
However, everything was shot with very realistic horror and cruelty, blood and gore. I cannot imagine showing this to children.
"I am the mountain, the forest, the earth....I am....I am a faun."
Watching this movie brings me back to one of the most awkward dates I ever had. Back in college, I took my girlfriend to a semi-crowded theater to see this film. She didn't know what it was about or that it was all in Spanish with English subtitles. I remember coming away from it intrigued by having seen a unique movie and something I hadn't seen before. My girlfriend she, well, didn't speak to me on the ride home. We're not together anymore......
But anyway, this film is a magical bit of cinema that devastates you with its darkness, enthralls you with its visuals, envelops…
First time I watched this I had to rewind it a good five times because I was completely stoned and the subtitles that introduce the film come and go so quickly. I also forgot to pay attention about three times in a row, making the same mistake over and over again. Once I finally finished the film I found myself disappointed. The imaginative designs and fantasy were interesting, but seemed pointless. I wondered what the hell they had to do with anything. They just seemed like a creative showcase for Del Torro.
It wasn't until a few years later that I listened to a Filmspotting episode where Michael Phillips for whatever reason started talking about Pan's Labyrinth and if you…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I can't help but feel like there's a level of deep cynicism to all the fairy tale stuff muted by the self-consciously mythic framing designed to evoke a sense of wonder (and succeeding wildly). The fairy tale land juxtaposed with Franco's Spain reveals itself to be just a different side of the same coin - a dangerous land ruled by an autocratic regime where rules are to be followed without question or debate and where the spilling of innocent blood is an unavoidable, nay integral part of war (the leftover shoes of dead children at the feast of the handeye monster being the most potent symbol in this intentional comparison).
And while it may look like a wondrous place from…
Hear me out please:
I used to LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Pan's Labyrinth and nowadays I honest to god never want to watch this movie a single time again. Why, you ask?
Because in college I had to learn how to "hablar espanol" as the kids called it, and since this movie was still very new and very popular, every single Spanish class that I ever took from that point on made us watch Pan's Labyrinth and write a paper about it. I had to watch "Pan's Labyrinth" a total of 11 times. A movie that has fuck all to do with linguistics besieds "it's in Spanish."
The final kick in the balls?
Every. Single. One. of those 11 papers we had to write about Pan's Labyrinth was always about the exact same thing. Sing along if you can:
"Was the magic real?"
I wrote 11 papers ranging from 5 to 11 pages long, just for this.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…