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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…
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…
My favourite film ever.
not super big on Del Toro, but his imagination and knack for weaving together cyclical stories is pretty cool. lots of great aesthetics here: the costumes, especially, both of the fantasy and real worlds are terrific.
This is one of the most visually striking films I've ever seen. Director Guillermo Del Toro makes great use of animatronics, makeup, sets, and visual effects to wholly immerse the viewer in an imaginative world. There are two parallel stories taking place in the film, and the way they interweave and affect each other is very interesting. The writing utilizes heavy symbolism and will keep you thinking about it for a long time. I didn't know much about the fascist Falangist regime in Spain during the 1940s, and this film inspired me to learn more about it. This film is both fantastical and filled with gritty realism, and perhaps the most interesting question it ponders is deciphering what sort of world we live in.
Blimey is this a beautifully dark and haunting cracker of a film. Crimson Peak shares more than a few similar traits to this, though I feel this is the better of the two just by how well it wraps together the threads of the separate narratives at the end.
I'm going to be having nightmares about that bloody hand-eye voldemort thing for months now.
A spectacular fantasy drama from director Guillermo del Toro.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I knew this was going to happen... Taking two film classes at once. I knew I was going to see a film twice within a few weeks of watching it for the first time in one of the classes.
Or in this case, this has been my third time watching "Pan's." And... Now I feel like I just don't like it.
Fully committing to my interpretation that Ofelia makes up fairy tales to cope with her situation allows me to sympathize with her, but her actions are still childish nonetheless. I'm very much the type of person who abstains from childish immaturities, and look forward to the day that I'm old and experienced. Not everyone has these same aspirations, but…
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Spanisches Fantasy-Kriegsdrama von Guillermo del Toro
1944 in Spanien, während des Spanischen Bürgerkrieges:
Das junge Mädchen Ofélia muss mit ihrer Mutter zu ihren Stiefvater, dem brutalen, faschistischen Militäroffizier Vidal, ziehen. In dieser unglücklichen Lage begegnet sie einem Faun, welcher behauptet sie sei eine Prinzessin, aber müsse sich in drei Prüfungen beweisen.
Dem Film gelingt ein perfekter Genremix aus den komplett unterschiedlichen Genres des Kriegsdramas und des Fantasyfilms.
Es ist zu beachten, dass der Film in zwei Handlungsstränge eingeteilt ist. Einerseits wird die fantasievolle, düstere Geschichte der jungen Ofélia erzählt, welche die drei Prüfungen des Fauns meistern muss, aber andererseits erzählt ein großer Teil des Filmes die Geschichte der spanischen Faschisten, welche mit Rebellen zu kämpfen haben, wobei es zu sehr…
I LOVE YOU DEL TORO!!
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