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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…
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!
It's just perfect and don't let anyone tell you differently.
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.
There are few foreign films that leave this much of an impact on me... but thank you Guillermo Del Toro.
This story here unfolds during a civil war in Mexico, where a young girl named Ophelia and her pregnant mother Carmen go to live with their war captain named Vidal. There, she discovers a bit of fairies, and gets sucked into a fairy tale with a faun who tells her that he can take her to her real parents... but must perform a few tasks in order to make it there. Meanwhile, the civil war comes to a head as there are informants hidden deep in Vidal's crew, and things go awry very fast.
Where... do I... begin?
Very bloody, surreal but enjoyable fantasy.
Del Toro at his best.
Es simplemente muy buena en todos los aspectos.
Del Toro's war-fantasy hybrid is unlike anything that has ever been done before; it's a hybrid of two genre that are so wildly different but strangely complimentary under the Mexican maestro's superb direction.
I am truly ashamed for putting off seeing this film for so long. It seemed to always fall through the cracks, but I finally watched it and it was everything I expected it to be! Pan's Labyrinth takes place somewhere along reality and fantasy, where a young girl is torn between our unforgiving world and the wonders of the underworld. I cant imagine anyone thinking this movie is anything short of brilliant. A perfect blend of heartwarming innocence and heartbreaking reality, this movie was an unforgettable experience.
I just watched this. I have no proper string of words to describe it. Magnificent.
Pan's Labyrinth is a masterpiece. While I don't quite think that it is perfect like a lot of others do, I definitely believe that it is a masterpiece, and one of the best films of the last decade. In my opinion, Guillermo del Toro is the second best visual director today, behind James Cameron (yeah, I said "James Cameron"). The camera work is captivating. I loved every time the camera panned past a tree and transitioned to a new cut in the scene. The cinematography is just gorgeous, with contrasting light and dark colors. Which perfectly matched the dark tone of the movie. I loved the dark tone because it was a new twist on fairy tales that I had…
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