Nothing in it works.
Johnny Depp is terrible.
Then there's patriarchy....... really, Tracy's final Poirot session left me bitter, as does Roger Ebert's complaint that the movie attacks masculinity. That is certaintly one of the films merits.
But that said, it's an actor's film, enjoyable to watch if you like to see actors acting. I find the movie curiously stale though, some kind of ready-made statement that somehow feels consciously "dated", almost designed to be seen 50 years later, fingers pointed, "look how silly people were about race…
The first time I saw this I was eight years old. Unforgettable. I never understood why she had to go back to get the cat. Until a couple of years ago when I moved in with a girl who happened to own one. So today I'm a cat owner who's scoopin' poop on a daily basis. However, when you're that close to another life-form you really develop a bond. I'd never dream of abandoning that grumpy thing on a spaceship ready to blow with a hostile alien being the only company.
So now, in my eyes, ALIEN really is a 100% perfect film.
After eight years, it's a bit of a letdown to find that PAN'S LABYRINTH really isn't a film about any labyrinth of Pan's but rather a film about a Spanish fascist general killing or torturing a bunch of people. In the confused moral landscape of the film, fascism seems to constitute "reality"; so I guess we're all fascists at heart, unless we live in fantasy worlds of course.
The film is imaginative but I found it to be a bit…