Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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…
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.
As this is my first time watch of Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth I was in awe of how well the story was told. del Toro created the ultimate adult fairy tale. I was in fear for Ofelia, her mother and the unborn baby the entire film, due to the violent nature of stepfather/husband/military captain (Sabastian Haro). With the story revolving around Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her imagination that evolves while moving to a more rural area in Spain 1944. del Toro never lets you feel comfort for all the people you fear for, never gives you the sense that anything was going to be ok. His story telling here is some of the best I've ever seen. An absolutely brilliant film.
“Men talked amongst themselves about their fear of death, and pain, but never about the promise of eternal life. And every day, the rose wilted, unable to bequeath its gift to anyone... forgotten and lost at the top of that cold, dark mountain, forever alone, until the end of time.”
Well first, I’ll say what everyone is thinking; I am a complete idiot for waiting this long to see this film. Yes I know, it’s true, however the time has finally arrived, and 118 glorious minutes later, I am sitting here, contemplating how to review such a magnificent film.
I’ll start with the obvious; this film is pure magic. Anyone who can say that fairy-tales are for kids, is wrong…
Mucho bombo para tan poca chicha. He tardado mucho en ver esta peli y cada vez que alguien me hablaba de ella me hacía espectativas pero la verdad es que no me parece que aporte nada a parte de ser española y de fantasía (oh, que bien que los españoles también podamos hacer fantasía, y además mezclado con cosas franquistas, que guay, que original. Pues no.
I liked the movie, but I hated the ending because it depressed me.
Místico e encantador. Guillermo del Toro nos traz uma história de magia e contos de fada, contada em cima de um contexto sangrento e brutal. Um tipo de filme que não se encontra em Hollywood.
Set during last phase of the Spanish Civil War, with Franco's forces mobbing up the last rebels, Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth is a wonderful, dark fairy tale that, in a metaphor for Spain itself, is full of nightmarish dreams of corruption, violence and the death of innocents.
Although the fantasy sequences are gorgeously realized, and are fairy tales in the truest sense (in that they are dark, dangerous and violent), most of the story exists outside of the dreamland, in the even more frightening, and sometimes shockingly violent, world of a real life struggle of ideas and ideology.
For me this movie felt like a modern day dark Alice in Wonderland and it left me in awe. Wonderful movie!
Guillermo's finest film to date. That's all you need to know if you're unsure of this film.
I'm thankful that my dad is a movie watcher like me because I'm able to say that I saw Pan's Labyrinth in theaters, even though I couldn't completely understand what was happening due to my age. I was 13 or 14 when it came out so the creatures and cinematography is what caught my attention. But it's been 8yrs, and I'm more aware now of the symbolism and cinematic beauty of Pan's Labyrinth. It truly is a fantastical dark fairy tale and an amazing movie. 5 stars.
I should have seen this in theaters. I am not sure in 2006, was it even shown in theaters, but I still feel I should have seen it in one.
Pan's Labyrinth is a dark fantasy, semi-thriller movie keeping a child at center. I loved its brooding soundtracks, intense filmography. The Pale man's lair being my personal favorite.
I like fantasy. I like the idea that there is another world less or unbound by the rules of sciences that we live in. You call it a spirit world, underworld, Azeroth, and what not. Such are the worlds in which you willingly suspend disbelief and go with the director in depths of his creativity. Such movies like this one, if handled…
The greatest fairy tale I've ever seen with one of the most complete villains ever put on screen. This is a masterpiece in every sense of the word.
When people state that Pan's Labyrinth is Guillermo del Toro's best movie, it is similar to stating that Justin Timberlake cannot act. No Shit, Sherlock! This was just a fantastic, solid movie. Great story line, well acted, and the fact it was subtitled only added to the intrigue of the movie.
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