Pan’s Labyrinth

27 Nov

From acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro (Blade II, Hellboy), comes a dark fantasy/thriller about a young girl who enters a mysterious labyrinth and finds herself at the center of the ferocious battle between Good and Evil. (DVD)

So, I wanted to be cultured and watch a foreign movie. The word on the street was watch this one. They were right. I know it won three Oscars, which is amazing, but how could this have lost best foreign film?! A beautiful story about the battle between good and evil and the dangers of blindly following leaders instead of doing what is right. This movie basically has two storylines, one of Fascist occupied Spain in 1944, and the Resistance fighting them even though the Fascists won the Civil War, and the storyline of the adventures this young girl takes to escape from the evil of the real world, only to find herself in a struggle of her own. The cinematography is fantastic, the visuals are awesome, and the makeup, holy crap, talk about intense. It was cool seeing Doug Jones (a BSU grad) really in his element as the Faun and The Pale Man. An amazing costume and makeup job, and amazing job by Doug Jones to bring those characters to life, even if the Pale Man scared the shit out of me. Ivana Baquero as Ofelia, the young girl, Sergi Lopez as Vidal, a Fascist Captain, and Maribel Verdu as Mercedes, a house servant, all deliver really strong performances. Now I will warn you, this is a fantasy movie that is NOT for kids. This movie was, actually, quite violent, I was totally shocked about how violent was. It gave a very sharp and clear contrast to the fantasy world, which is more of that fantasy scariness and violence. And actually, having to read the movie (because it is in Spanish) didn’t bother me at all, so that is no excuse to not see this movie. 🙂


So, is the fantasy world real or not? Guillermo Del Toro leaves it very much up to interpretation, and any interpretation I can think of are solid endings that are emotional and are meaningful. Now, mine is that the fantasy world was, unfortunately, not real. I believe that Ofelia created this world to escape, from her, let’s face it, somewhat crappy life. What sold me was the fact that at the end, when Captain Vidal runs into the center of the labyrinth and sees Ofelia talking to Fauno, he cannot see Fauno at all. I also found a quote from Del Toro regarding how someone chooses to die, Ofelia “chose” to not die, but rather to just go back to her rightful home in the Underworld and leave the mortal world behind, which could be a child’s interpretation of dying so they are not as scared. Like I said, there are a million other arguments for a million other interpretations as well, this is just mine. Well, no matter how you look at it, it made me cry. So, fantastic movie 🙂


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