Wednesday, February 21, 2007

pan's labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, 2006) - 7/10

A film set during the Spanish Civil War, Pan's Labyrinth is a dark tale of one girl trying to escape her violent reality into a fantasy world. When Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) steps into another world, a gorgeous display of creatures and visuals capture the imagination of a fairy tale -- a dark, grim fairy tale. A world of fairies, a faun, giant toads, and a pale creature with eyes on its palms.
Capitán Vidal is a sadistic man who only cares for himself. His pregnant wife along with her daughter Ofelia move from the city to the countryside. Strange things happen as Ofelia meets a faun that puts her through numerous tasks to see if she has what it takes to belong in the kingdom as princess.
A dark film, not only fitting as a dark fairy tale, but the reality of brutal violence and war.

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