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Pan's Labyrinth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A deadly imagination: Pan's Labyrinth

    If a crusty old faun told you that you were the princess of the underworld and you had to complete three grueling tasks in order to go through a portal in a dark, empty labyrinth, would you believe him? I'm guessing, no, you'd run the other way, fast. But to 10-year-old, fantasy-obsessed Ofelia, that's music to her ears.
    After the Spanish Civil War, young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her pregnant mother (Aridana Gil) travel to live with her new stepfather in an old mill inhabited by the Spanish Army in the deep woods of fascist Spain. Fighting the rebel forces hidden in the woods, Ofelia's stepfather (Sergi López) is consumed with pride and obedience. He ignores his new wife and Ofelia, and she desperately needs a way to escape. At night, a fairy leads Ofelia to the abandoned labyrinth behind the mill. Now, I really can't imagine why anyone in their right mind would follow a flying creature into a dark, chilling maze in the dead of night, but that's just me. In the center of the gloomy labyrinth is an ancient faun. He explains to Ofelia that she is a long-lost princess, but must first accomplish three daunting tasks to prove her royalty. Alright, this is the part where you run! But brave little Ofelia accepts her challenge and embarks on a journey only created by her imagination. The first task: go inside a dying fig tree, crawl through the mud and insects, find a giant toad, and get a golden key from inside it. She feeds the toad three magical rocks, and suddenly, it turns inside out. Seriously, the orange toad guts look more like a mound of bubbling cheese. Ignoring the disgusting nature of the task, Ofelia grabs the big rusty key, and is ready for her next challenge. The old faun returns and proudly tells her of her new task. That night, Ofelia draws a door on the wall with a piece of magic chalk, and it opens to a deadly world. She walks through a series of corridors and ends up in a hall with a magnificent feast. Sitting dormant at the end of the table is a large, pale beast, with long black fingernails encrusted with blood. On the wall, there are paintings of the creature consuming little children like popcorn. With any sense at all, you realize now is the time you leave! But defiant Ofelia can't be swayed like a mere mortal such as myself. Getting to the point of her mission, Ofelia uses the key to open a compartment containing a shiny silver dagger. Time is running out, and as Ofelia begins to leave, she eyes a bowl of crisp, juicy grapes. Alright, if that had been me, the second I got the dagger, I'd be high-tailing it to the door. But unable to resist temptation, Ofelia eats the grapes. At that moment, the pasty monster awakens and chases after Ofelia. She narrowly escapes using the magical chalk to create a door. In all seriousness now, if a pale, child-eating monster isn't enough of a clue to ditch the faun and his fairy friends, then I don't know what is. Yet, Ofelia still won't give up on the fairytale fantasies. Given one last task, and one final chance to succeed, the faun demands Ofelia bring her infant brother to the labyrinth. Loyally, she obliges and takes him, narrowly escaping the reaches of her ruthless stepfather. Inside the horrific maze, the faun wishes to prick the infant with the dagger, spilling innocent blood and opening the portal to the underworld. Unwilling to allow her brother to be harmed, Ofelia courageously disinclines his order. Instead, her own blood is spilled. This decision and sacrific

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    this is an interesting and pretty to look at kind of film that might remind you of that other labyrinth film with jennifer connelly and david bowie. anyway, this is the story of a girl named Ofelia who's a princess and must complete 3 tasks to get to her world while living in the real world that has her stepfather looking for rebels in the woods. guillermo del toro is one of my fave directors. first movie i ever saw of his and got a little scared but loved the suspense was the devil's backbone and later blade 2 and hellboy. in pan's labyrinth i loved the creatures especially the faun and praying mantis turned fairy she meets in the beginning. Remember though that this is not for kids and can be bloody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too much brutality, otherwise good.

    I love the storyline, but the brutality in the movie was downright disturbing...so much so that it dominated the effect of the entire movie. At the end, all I could do was sit there until I was finally able to composed myself. I would not recommend the movie to someone who is disturbed easily. If they could just leave out the brutality, it would be a very good film for families with teenage children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Real Truth!

    I wasn’t all that impressed. The movie was filmed great without the tiny flaws you commonly see in most movies. However, it wasn’t for children or adults. The excessive violence in the movie makes this a film much more for adults with scenes of torture and gunfire but the fantasy in the movie and the age of the main character makes you want to believe it is for children. But it is not! This movie is probably only good to twisted dark adult minds that never really grew out of their teenage rage years. After all it’s best review was from Stephen King. This to me is only good to watch on Halloween nights.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I was recently recommended this movie by a person who hates everything so perhaps my expectations were a bit too high. After hearing this touted as an adult fairytale, I was interested in seeing this. However, the actual fairytale part is minimal while the rest of the story is grotesquely violent. It is worth watching for the fantasy aspect but if you have a weak stomach I would not recommend this.

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