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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…
It's a remarkable film, that I'd genuinely say is one of the greatest of all time. It's been years since I was so affected by just one film. I had to see the very next showing. Practically perfect and definitely one of the most visually pleasing and stunningly well told films of the 21st Century.
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!
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…
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Sooo sad but sooo good....
Very very good! Lots to think about
This was really dark and magical, and yet really had a strong sense of reality to it as well. It was very unique. Del Toro does it again!
Very unbelievable and no one spoke English.
I remember the first time I watched this I hated it but i rewatched it and it was decent still overatted of couse in my opinion and subtitles do annoy me sometimes when your trying to watch something awesome happening on screen but you have to read it at the same time which isn't really the reason I gave it 3 stars, it's because i thought it got way too weird at times and I know most like that about the film but i didn't. It's worth a watch anyway because of the breathtaking visuals.
El laberinto del fauno is a unique and imaginative cinematic masterpiece by Guillermo del Toro, who crafted with this film a truly everlasting achievement. Enhanced by a breathtaking cinematography and an extraordinary score, the atmosphere created by del Toro is one the film's strongest points; it's mysterious, haunting, and eerie.
Its arresting story deals with the loss of innocence in a thought-provoking way but without ever losing its focus or becoming heavy-handed. Fantasy and human drama have hardly been blended in a film in a more down-to-earth manner, even if it may sound contradictory. The characters are downright believable and written in such a way that it becomes impossible not to identify with them.
Del Toro's talent as a storyteller are at its finest here and the movie was gripping right until its beautifully tragic ending. This film is not among my personal favorites but it's definitely a truly admirable work that requires more than a single viewing.
It's always nice to see a awesome child actor. Ivana Baquero does a fucking fantastic job. That's what stuck out to me most but really everybody in this movie did an excellent job at acting.
It was so cool to see these two worlds collide in this way. Very original story. Also the way they meshed together was perfect. They did it in such a way as it's not some wicked fantasy epic like Lord of The Rings but in such a way that really each story could be told on it's own without realizing this whole other world is out there. The only real link being Ofelia.
I also really loved the special effects within Pan's Labyrinth. There was…
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