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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I LOVE THIS FILM. It is a dark fantasy film set in Franco Spain, not long after the Spanish Civil war. In a way it acts as a sister movie to Guillermo del Toro’s 2001 film, ‘The Devil’s Backbone’, which has similar themes, but was set during the civil war. The story follows a young girl, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), who’s pregnant mother has married Captain Vidal (Sergi Lópex), a terrifyingly brutal Falange officer. They move to be with him, where his men are stationed at an old mill to hunt out any anti-Franco rebels. Ofelia is led to an ancient labyrinth by a strange stick-insect creature, and eventually encounters a mysterious faun who tells her that she is in fact…
De 1e keer gezien in 2007 onderweg van Amsterdam naar New York. Daarna op BR gekocht en het blijft een prachtig fantasy-verhaal in een realistisch-historische setting. Mooi en ontroerend.
Pure cinematic perfection. Movies don't get better than this.
Life sucks and then you die, with CGI.
Antes de que la pelicula comenzara pensaba que era para una audiencia mas juvenil... para niños. Luego de ver como, literalmente, le parten la cara a un hombre con una botella de agua ardiente, me di cuenta de que no era para niños.
Costó que me metiera en la trama, pero luego, poco a poco me fui encantando de este doble mundo que propone Guillermo del Toro.
10 de 10 al diseño del Fauno!!!
Not many films can literally disconnect you from the world the way this one did for me. Pan’s Labyrinth brought up feelings I’d forgotten about, and I’ve been left feeling particularly weird - the type of weirdness you only feel in dreams, of which I’m sure to have tonight.
An excellently executed film all-round, had a very pleasant feel to it. The soundtrack will - whether you accept it or not – absolutely immerse you into its world. Spanish is a beautiful language when not spoken at thirty words per second, and I dare say no other could have complimented this picture better. If there is one thing that stands out it’s Ivana Baquero’s performance, never have I been so convinced by such a young actor/actress.
A must watch for everyone.
Next up: The Devil’s Backbone
I don't even know what to say.
Del Toro has always shown he is good at creating fantastical worlds and Pan's Labyrinth meshes fantasy and cold reality seamlessly, even if in this case fantasy is almost as frightening as the real world. Ofelia faces creepy challenges and eerie monsters, and yet, the scariest character in the film is the very real captain Vidal. The film manages to take a child's perspective and at the same time deal with the historical crime and repression of Franco's regime. It is harsh and sad but the atmosphere as well as the camerawork and editing are outstanding. Is Ofelia dreaming an escape away from real life horrors or is it all real? I don't need an answer. The film leaves it up to the viewer and is beautiful as it is.
Guillermo del Toro's representative work, Pan's Labyrinth, is the fantasy tale he always wanted to make. Two of his previous films, Cronos and The Devil's Backbone, were fantasy films. They both featured a child within the prominent role. They both subverted typical monster movie tropes by making the "monsters" sympathetic figures. But the completion of everything del Toro had longed to achieve was found in one, very special, labyrinthine world of fantastical monstrosities.
Pan's Labyrinth world was as such:
Set during the mid-40's Spanish civil war, a young girl named Ofelia finds herself whisked away from her home into the unknown and fear-filled world of civil war. Ofelia's mother, pregnant with child, relocates to a war camp in order to…