The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.…
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…
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…
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…
Part of my 2006 list.
Nothing less than a modern classic! A dark new fairytale for the modern ages.
Fairy tales are a simplification of real life. They survey millions of people and concentrate millions of decisions into one broad motivation, a population of learned behavior into one discouraging moral: one big no-no from lots of dynamic people. In fairy tales the characters make mistakes to be irrevocably punished, disproportionately severe to the error so that the audience retrieves a clear cut moral from it. The characters give into temptation and commit evil deeds not through unique personality traits but through their roles as vessels by which to make humanity's faults before the rest of us do out of ignorance.
In real life humans are not archetypes, good and evil, greedy and pure, from which to take a corresponding…
It's such a sad movie, but so good and entertaining.
Peal back the devastating violence and unforgettable creature design and what is left? A simple yet beautiful story of a child's journey navigating a cruel world and discovering what is truly at the center of the labyrinth; her soul.
I feel every drop of blood spilled in this movie and in the end I am left in tears. The love that exists underneath the surface transcends the screen and enters our world, reminding us of cinema's true power and potential.
An incredibly stupendous visual-filled fairytale inside an average and typical war story.
A masterpiece of dual storytelling and creeptastic fantasy and gruesome bodily injuries.
This is my favorite Guillermo del Toro.
Fantasy films are I think very rare these days. Everyone is just hungry to make back to back superhero films that they have forgotten the world a fantasy film can create.
Pan's Labyrinth is about a princess from underworld who wants to experience the world where the sun shines, blue skies and soft breeze. But coming to this world her memory was wiped and she died. But her father waits for someone with her spirit that will bring back her daughter to him...
Ofelia loves to read fairy tales, she believes in it and soon she will find that they are real. She has the spirit of the princess but to go back…
Whenever I watch Pan's Labyrinth, I only wish Guillermo Del Toro had been able to direct The Hobbit. Just imagine the visual flair and the horror he would have added to Tolkien's world.
I found this last night languishing on the Horror Channel. To call this a horror film is a horrible generalisation, this film is far more advanced than that. The Horror Channel also isn't deserving of showing this masterpiece; that channel is reserved for mind-numbing blood and gore popcorn flicks.
El Laberinto del Fauno is a storytelling masterpiece. The way Del Toro constructs two binary opposite worlds (that aren't actually too dissimilar) and slowly allows them to bleed together is masterful.
I wrote an essay at university about post-colonialism in film using this film as its focus. I got a pretty good mark. Thanks Guillermo.
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