Tye_Gill’s review published on Letterboxd:
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Del Toro movie. Since The Shape of Water came out. So I’m immensely happy that I finally saw Pan’s Labyrinth! This is a beautiful yet brutal film, depicting creepy fantasy and horrific warfare. Both aspects are utilized effectively. Shown off is some stellar set design. Del Toro’s signature blues and oranges are again showcased throughout, as well as the lush greens of the forest. With both aspects in tow, it’s a movie that’s very appealing to the eye. It also has some great acting, such as Ofelia herself, Ivana Baquero. The characters are all different and stand out in their own ways. I haven’t been this terrified by any villain as much as the Captain in a long time. From the first moment he enacts sheer brutality via beatdown, you know he’s a serious threat. That scene (hopefully you know which one I’m referring to) highlighted how good the special effects were in the reality of Pan’s Labyrinth. On the fantasy side of things, the effects are stunning! As is Doug Jones. His portrayals of both the Faun and The Pale Man are haunting and incredibly iconic. He was great! Although I still enjoy his work in the Hellboy films a bit more.
All-around, Pan’s Labyrinth is an engrossing watch, and another great movie from Guillermo Del Toro!