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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.
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 review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A couple years ahead of the trend of retelling fairy tales (and really, general children’s media) with the gritty aesthetic of modern action movies, Guillermo del Toro did something similar with Pan’s Labyrinth. But rather than artificially inserting darkness where it previously hadn’t been, del Toro recognized the darkness already in fairy tales, and then juxtaposed it with some very real, historically grounded violence. It’s the realism in the film that makes the fantasy come to life, making it more than just a catchy premise.
Pan’s Labyrinth centers around a young girl, Ofelia, whose mother marries a prominent military captain for the ruling Nationalist party in the wake of the Spanish Civil War. The captain, Vidal, immediately establishes himself as…
Another one of those dream-like movies that I love so much. I am a sucker for good monster design too, and this certainly is right up towards the top of the list in that respect. Del Toro's best probably.
Video review: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTzNA6EhinI
Why there has to be so many insects and bugs in this movie?
I really loved that even though the movie was violent it didn't linger on it. Where hollywood would show you the torture in full, here we only see the start and then it cuts to next scene.So the viewer knows what is happening but is not forced to live through it.
Also sidenote: Now I really wish Guillermo directed the Hobbit
bleak and depressing, yet magical and unique. guillermo del toro extracts surreal beauty from the ugliest of realities.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Fantasy does not provide much of an escape for young Ofelia. Then again, there is no escape from the horror that is Franco-era Spanish fascism, and there will be none for Ofelia except death. Del Toro's film is a masterpiece of storytelling, and watching it on 35mm might have been the most touching experience I've had in a theater.
Personally I could've used more fairytale and less war, but maybe that's just the idealist in me.
I watched this film awhile back, but this was a completely different viewing for me.
Pan's Labyrinth shows us a beautiful telling of a mature fairy tell, with Terrence Malick like beauty. The direction was fantastic, the cinematography was lush with beauty, the performances spot on, and had a very magical score. Another amazing film of the 2000's.
This film is an all timer for me.
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