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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…
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…
Performances : 6.2/10
Story : 7/10
Production : 8.9/10
Overall : 7.37/10
Pan's Labyrinth is only my third run in with Guillermo del Toro. Pacific Rim was a tour de force of glorious monster bashing while Hellboy was uh...interesting, to say the least. Pan's is a whole different beast though. It's dark, sick, twisted and not at all as it's hype would have you believe.
Now, I say hype because for some reason this movie came out 8 years ago and I'm just getting around to seeing it. There really isn't hype, but I guess you could call it "reputation". I'd heard it was a fairy tale for adults. I did not hear that I would worried about sleeping tonight…
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…
Haunting. Disturbing. Wonderful. Plus the pretty girl lead.
A masterful blend of fantasy and tragedy, the film is a joy to watch.
Visually stunning and very very engrossing for a subtitles film. It just felt jaring to me. A strange, half based in fact war time film meets fantasy saga. It felt strage. I was interested in both parts. They were both good in two different ways. They were attention grabbing and had great momentum in both stories the only thing that held them back was each other. They seemed to stop the other from moving forward when it wanted to. I talk like they are two story not linked. They were, I liked the way they did but they felt so seperate it was as if he wanted to make two films at once. You can't take anything away from how great the film overall was. It was impressive on all level, just personal aprichiation for the film dipped in all of the fantasy stuff.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Saw on the big screen at the Sci-Fi Spectacular
I saw this when it was originally released in theaters and it was great to be able to see it again with an audience that got it. The first time there were a lot of families and people who weren't expecting such a dark movie.
Guillermo Del Toro is such a champ. One cannot not love his work. Similar to Tarantino and PTA, you can just immediately feel that he is an absolute film junky and his cinephilia seeps out of the screen in every film. Ofelia's fantasies were absolutely stunning and you could see that this was where Del Toro flourished but it also at times felt like the scenes set in reality weighed him down a little. It felt too glossy and contrived to really suck me into Ofelia's harsh life outside her head. Del Toro is most definitely not a Farghardi or a Kazan or a Haneke and I don't expect him to be, but then I feel that maybe too much time was spent in real time. The real emotion was there but I wasn't always convinced. But its just too beautiful to get caught up in such nit-picking. Possible Del Toro's best, even if its not his most representative.
Just as fantastic as the first time. And that Pale Man is still just as creepy.
The mix of fantasy, reality and emotions is a true delight to watch....
Pan's Labyrinth is a very powerful and beautiful fantasy film directed by the same dude who made Pacific Rim and the Hellboy movies, oddly enough this film couldn't be any more different from those films, except for their fantastic special effects. I really enjoyed the girl actress, she does a great job, and so does everyone else in this movie, while the movie had subtitles, I didn't even notice half way through the movie. The monsters in this movie are so creative and so very well done. The villain is also very memorable and despicable. The film did manage to drag on in some scenes. But the movie is one of the best fantasy films in recent history and really is a creative and beautiful modern fantasy masterpiece.
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