Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth ★★★★

[criterion collection]

In Pan's Labyrinth easily the first thing that shines is Guillermo Del Toro's creativity of ideas and his love for fairy-tale; dreamlike stories. At the very first minutes, we sink into this mythical yet believable world that draws comparisons to Jan Svankmajer's stop-motion film Alice (1988). An enigmatic motion picture with the same magical doors, dreamlike dimensions, creatures; not to mention, a curious girl who is on a quest, which she doesn't understand until the end of the film.

While Alice (1988) tackled more political and sexual messages, Del Toro's fantasy is more about wars cruelty, animalistic behaviors, and the importance of saving the ones you care about. Full of bravery taking the risks to be somewhat deeper than a regular audience-targeted film. I'm not sure about the CGI because it was one thing that looked outdated. Anyways, Pan's Labyrinth is bold, artistic with good camera work and performances that can captivate us.

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