This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
This movie just keeps getting better.
I was expecting more to this. Left me really cold, and kinda ticked off to be honest. I kinda despise the ending, it's a real big plot hole and cop out. Just ask a DM group I'm in on Instagram about my reaction, I flipped out. The rest of it, was fine. Before the ending I was going to give it a score in the 70's. The creature and the Fantasy stuff is cool, but, the stuff involving the war was kinda dull and not very interesting to me. That's most of the movie too, which is a bit of a let down. I prefer Hellboy films and Pacific Rim to this because not only are they fun, but, they show the full potential of what director Del Toro is good at, having awesome creatures everywhere. Oh well, I see why people love it, but, this was another one that kinda fell flat for me sad to say.
okay, first of all, THIS MOVIE IS PERFECTION. my 11 year old self is still mesmerized and scared by this film. I want to hug guillermo del toro for making this movie.
One of my favorite aspects of this movie is the way they use sound; the leather gloves squeaking and the clock ticking penetrate past your ears. Beautifully made movie, have watched it several times.
Guillermo del Toro seamlessly blends a beautiful tale of a dark and gritty World War II story with a profound fantasy epic. The cinematography and visual effects are absolutely breathtaking in this film, along with a very gripping and personal story led by a very strong female protagonist. The villain, who is also the main character's stepfather, is a menacing and sadistic war captain who is definitely one of the strongest villains I've seen on screen in a while. Del Toro creates such a beautiful and captivating world and it's one that I will surely revisit again.
Too much brilliance in this movie , too much , well done del Toro , pan's labyrinth is outstanding indeed , I really liked the design of the magical characters , the design helped in making this movie atmospheric along with the beautiful music and good production design , the story is fascinating , imaginative and innovative , this is an example of an excellent non-american movie , I really loved this one and I hope that del Toro will make a movie as brilliant as this one again .
Riveting mixture of childhood and war in a unique directorial style.
This is a grade-A example on how to make a perfect film. Easily one of the greatest fantasy films and hell one of the greatest films ever made. Guillermo del Toro is truly a masterclass director, and this is his masterpiece.
A twisted fairytale set around the Spanish Civil War period, one wonders if the monsters and settings are real, or just in her imagination - a child's mind trying to rationalise everything and protect itself from the horrors of the real world through the fairy tales that Ofelia reads. Loved the story, loved the cinematography, loved the costume/CGI and set design - overall, an awesome film.
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today during class something happened. My friend got there late and so missed the beginning of it so, once she…