Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth ★★★★★

This felt like the exact movie I needed at this time. While the world is losing its mind and life seems to be crumbling around me, Pans Labryinth felt like a warm blanket that wrapped itself around me and told me everything was going to be fine. It wouldn’t be a Del Toro film without seeing some of the most incredible visuals you’ll ever see, the cinematography is top notch and possesses some of the most beautiful frames these eyes have ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on. The creature designs are stunning and are wonderfully brought to life by blending make up, animatronics and CGI to create these magnificent achievements in film making. Del Toro somehow tells this story in such a poignant way that made me so unexpectedly  invested in this story that without his master touch wouldn’t have gotten me so wrapped up. The fantastical, melodramatic fantasy world Ofelia lives in juxtaposes so poetically with the harsh and cruel reality of war. A truly beautiful film in it’s storytelling, performances and of course cinematography. It’s one I’m glad I saw in this time of turmoil and has already cracked my top twenty films. A true cinematic achievement and experience.

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