Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth ★★★★★

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Both a beautiful fairy tale for adults as well as a means of exploring the way we resort to fantasy to escape the horrors of the world around ourselves, Pan's Labyrinth is both Guillermo del Toro's crowning achievement as a director - and one of the greatest films of the 21st century.

This is the sort of film encapsulates how these stories change our lives in that very sense; for every minute that's awe-inspiring it's horrifying in equal measure, but as Guillermo del Toro retains that childlike wonder it results in a beautiful fable all around. For every bit as cruel as the real world can be, stories that carry such optimism can provide a valuable escape - and Guillermo del Toro bridges such with ease.

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