Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Directed By – Guillermo del Toro

Screenplay By – Guillermo del Toro

Cinematography By – Guillermo Navarro

Starring Ivana Baquero, Sergi López & Maribel Verdú

118 min.

What a better way to start my year of foreign movies than with Guillermo del Toro’s mystical Pan’s Labyrinth.

Pan’s Labyrinth is definitely Guillermo’s best directorial feat as he adds his notorious touch of the fantastic to a deeply moving story. This is just a really really good movie on all levels and while personally I would like a tad bit more of the fairy-tale element and the faun character, there is not a moment of extraneous fluff that could be cut out and nothing really needs to be added. While this is an “Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland” kind of tale it is also very much the story of the last of the Spanish rebellion of the fascist regime and the evil general that is leading the troupe that is suppose to quell the remaining strands of the rebellion.

Pan’s Labyrinth is a throughly engrossing movie, with moments of complete fantasy and moments of the harshest reality of war. There’s blood and elements of the grotesque and also elements of the surreal. This movie deals with birth and death, life and familial bond. Pan’s Labyrinth is very much unlike all other del Toro’s movies because it uses his style and his creatures to tell a story with heart and passion. Everyone (of age) should watch Pan’s Labyrinth.

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