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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.
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…
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!
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…
Having created something quite wondrous against a Spanish Civil War backdrop with The Devil's Backbone, it was an interesting move for Guillermo Del Toro to tread on similar ground for Pan's Labyrinth.
It's not really a sequel and the two storylines outside of the conflict-based background are obviously quite different. The Devil's Backbone was a ghost story and this is a dark fairytale. Even so, it's the sign of a confident filmmaker to revisit an area that he had already created a quite wonderful piece of work in and try it once again, but in no way connect it to…
More films should be made like this. You know, films where there's baby-eating demons with eyes in their hands and bad-ass servants who slice up faces of fascists from the inside.
My favourite foreign language film, by far. Guillermo del Toro should be given a knighthood. Even though he isn't British.
I mean, whoa.
I had some problems, but they're hardly worth mentioning here.
There was just too much good stuff going on to really bother with it now.
Mesmerizing and horrific in both of its split, linking stories. The enchanting dream world has undeniably been ingrained deeper into popular culture, but actually occupies less space of the film than you'd predict. The bulk of PAN'S LABYRINTH is about the horrors of reality: it's placed inside the outer years of the Spanish Civil War, under an era of Fascist leadership. Ofelia and her pregnant mother are inexorably tied to the vicious Captain Vidal through marriage, whose tendency for violence matches only his rigid cruelness. The manner in which the 'reality' narrative is played is nothing if not cynical: there's a pervasive air of hopelessness surrounding any benevolent character, and Del Toro doesn't shy away from showing immense tragedy. It's…
ONE OF MY FAVE MOVIES I THINK
A harrowing, yet wonderfully dark fantasy tale for adults which blisters with horror. Pans Labyrinth is without doubt Guillermo del Toro's spellbinding masterpiece of his rich filmmaking career to date.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie is like Alice in wonderland for grown ups that are into fantasy's.
Pan's Labyrinth is one of those films that starts so well that you hope it will stay that good but which actually surprises you and constantly improves. It's a remarkably layered work about the importance of choice even in an emotional and political dictatorship and about the fictions and fantasies that sustain people through the worst circumstances. On the surface this appears to be little more than a more fantastic spin on The Spirit of the Beehive, sharing its post-Spanish Civil War setting as well as the broken family setting, but this is a far superior film in every way. Although marketed largely as a fantasy, its real power lies in the scenes set in the real world where Sergi…
This looks like a children's movie a child shouldn't watch.
I really like the historical perspective. I haven't seen any other movies from Spain about the conditions in the country during World War 2. Spain was neutral during the war, so that's actually interesting in itself.
With that said, the movie is really fun to watch. It's grotesque, violent and a bit creepy, but definitely cool.
To be honest as I watched this over a week ago I'm a little fuzzy on some of the details but I feel like I still remember the general jist of it. Basically some little Spanish girl, I don't remember the name but it was definitely something Spanish, gets up to some shit in a forest. Being driven away from the house by her new step father, who honestly seems like quite a nice guy. Then some other shit goes down where some guys try messing up his house. Then little Spanish girl meets creepy diddler looking faun who asks girl to do shit and what not. Girl does some shit, weird eyeless bastard who lost way too much weight…
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