Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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…
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 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…
Got to give credit for the darkness in this story. A bizarre blend of the evils of Franco's Spain and a parallel fantasy world. What they had to do with each other, I don't know. Maybe perhaps it was the girl's way of coping with the insecurities in her life getting friendly with imaginary creatures? A place to escape her step-dad's scary behavior? Regardless what that was, Guillermo del Toro mixes the two worlds in a lovely way! Though I did think the evil Captain was a bit much like a caricature and I was a little disappointed that this was more a Spanish revolution story then the amazingly dreamy adventure it periodically was. But there is no doubt that this is an incredibly crafted and brutal fairytale for the adults!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is a fantasy, one not for children, in which a young girl finds ways to escape from reality in 1944 Spain, under the fascist regime of Franco. This girl is forced into a Spanish military camp, where her pregnant mother (carrying the child of a sadistic military leader) becomes ill.
The film has two fronts: the Real World, where the general rules his military and family with an iron fist. This world is dark and drab and cold and grey.
The girl creates (we think) an alternate universe in which she has to complete tasks -- given to her by a faun named Pan -- in order to return to her rightful thrown beside her royal parents.
The film is tense and sometimes terrifying, in both worlds. One world is not necessarily more brutal than the other. It's a sad movie, one that has a somber message about the fascism behind the fantasty.
I love, love, love Pan’s Labyrinth. This film is one of my favourite films of all time. It inspired a passion within me for foreign films.
The cinematography is brilliantly done, setting the perfect scene of the civil war camp while also incorporating the whimsical fantastical element of the labyrinth. Sergi López as the Capitan is excellent, he manages to pull off the evil and domineering army captain with a really high level of success.
Guillermo del Toro has finally made a film that I like.
I can't really remember now what was wrong with BLADE II ... I enjoyed the first movie so much and the second just felt like a wasted effort, with jaws opening up to 180 degrees, thousands of teeth ... I just never got into it. I noticed he had a handle on photography, though - that film had a great look.
HELLBOY had all the ingredients of a great movie; I was just bored with all of the conventions and the film's inability to do anything outside of what has already been done in MEN IN BLACK, BATMAN and INDIANA JONES. I was nearly bored to tears with that…
It's the first time I've watched and considered that the fantasy aspect is all in her head, god that makes it sad. Will have to add the other half to make it a fully 5 star film now.
Amazing.A beautifully done fairytale-like movie with an eery feeling to it.Rarely uses cliches and never overdramatic annoying talk,this is part of what makes it so heartwrenching.Prepare tissues if you´re emotional,i cried literally the whole last 20 minutes.Also,the soundtrack is fantastic.Very dark and sad and melodic.
I have a feeling this movie will resignate in my brain for awhile. Amazing imagery and a protagonist that I deeply cared for. I never expected to be moved by this movie as much as I was. Better than any fairy tale I've ever seen.
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