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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.
It's just perfect and don't let anyone tell you differently.
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…
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 review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Gorgeous. Heartbreaking. Brutal. Love that score.
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The 2nd of Horroctober - #54
This was my first rewatch of Pan's Labyrinth since it came out, and if anything I thought it was even more brilliant than before. It's an incredible blend of wartime intensity, fantastic escapism and moments of genuine, brutal horror, with two of the greatest monsters ever to appear onscreen. One is human, one is not.
Two thoughts from this rewatch - first, Mercedes is a complete badass. I had forgotten just how amazing she is! And second, I'm sad about the Hobbit films all over again. Imagine what they could have been like if Guillermo Del Toro had had free reign over them...
First rewatch in at least five years and this time I was particularly impacted by the grimness of it all. It's relentless in depicting horrifying, graphic violence, and the juxtaposition of this gorgeous fairy tale world only makes it all the more effective. There's a certain body horror vibe going on- it's interesting that we perceive the twisted, mythical creature bodies as magical but the mashed, violated and brutalized human bodies as traumatizing. A story within a story within a story. Art and creative vision as a way of destroying fascism, but also a way of processing the trauma that something as inevitable as fascism creates. Some of Del Toro's special effects seem a little dated, but most of them…
A strange mix of grim historical drama and dark fairytale, Pan's Labyrinth comes together and just works. The balance of grim storytelling, childlike wonder, shocking violence and phenomenally original design and special effects is near perfect.
Del Toro's direction is an amazing compliment to the story and imagery. Every scene is dripping with atmosphere and authenticity with a sense of the unknown always present. The world built is not an inviting one but it's never the less, compelling.
Filmed in Spanish, the film doesn't suffer from an english language perspective. The language adds a mystical and otherworldly quality to the film. Those adverse to subtitled cinema would do well by making an exception for this.
While a fantastically made film,…
In spite of attaining a reputation as one of the finest fantasy films, Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth is better described as a story of human compassion and cruelty during the days of the war. An intense period drama, that is superbly acted, intelligently written and perfectly captured by an able filmmaker, Pan's Labyrinth labels del Toro as more than a nostalgia driven filmmaker that Hellboy and Pacific Rim cast him to be. Disturbing, relentlessly violent and yet, beautiful and inviting, both the fantasy and real world are majestically captured and explored.
Young Ofelia travels with her pregnant mother to reside with her stepfather, Captain Vidal, in the final stages of her mother's pregnancy. There she is a witness to…
As much as I love Pacific Rim, I really hope Del Toro goes back to this type of stuff.
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