All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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…
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…
Did I enjoy this film?
Did I enjoy this film as much as MOST people seem to enjoy this film?
Don't get me wrong! Excellent film, I really enjoy the dark nature of the film and the story is refreshingly unique to the mainstream films I so often view, but... it wasn't perfect. I felt the film was lacking in a major way, in which I never really felt connected to the characters. I felt that Del Toro used the characters as a tool to move the plot along, which ended up unraveling what turned out to be an excellent story, but the fact that I didn't truly care about most of the characters made it much less satisfying and ruined what could have been a very joyous ending.
Arguably more depressing than Schindler's List.
I didn't give it 5 stars for nothing, though!
Nine years later and it's still quite brilliant, wonderfully dark and seemingly entirely unique.
This was so good!!! I had no idea Maribel Verdú was in this and that made it so much better!
Nota = 5
A fantastic movie with wonderfully creepy creature designs and one of the most intimidating antagonists I've seen in a while; the dark realism and creepy fantasy sides of this Ofelia's life blend together unexpectedly well to create an equally terrifying and unique movie.
There are times when I just have to accept that I'm probably objectively wrong about a movie. This is one of those times. Just look at its Wikipedia page under "reception." We're talking about Metacritic's sixteenth higest-rated movie of all time, a movie that received a 22-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, a movie that Roger Ebert called his favorite of 2006 and placed on his Great Movies list. And that's just a small selection of the accolades it received. Guillermo del Toro could easily fill a trophy case from this movie alone.
And for whatever reason it just didn't click for me.
I was warned by everyone who had seen this to be prepared to cry a…
"Wonderfully dark and twisted. A very raw and intimate film."
A modern fairy-tale set against the Spanish Civil War, Pan's Labyrinth juxtaposes and blends so beautifully the childhood escapism that generally fills fairy-tales, with the violence and gore of reality. It is uncharacteristically mature- a story that will allow our diminished child-like qualities to resurface and connect with the hardships of our main character- terrified 10 year old Ofelia.
We meet her as she travels to a new land with her pregnant mother, a military base commanded by her new step-father, Captain Vidal. She brings with her almost nothing but her books. Almost immediately, she is surrounded by terror. It is this very same atmosphere of dread that carries over…
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