Pan's Labyrinth Review
Synopsis:In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) is a Spanish-Mexican dark drama fantasy film contain war and nonstop action scenes. Director and writer Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Pacific Rim (2013)) did a spectacular job shooting this film in several locations in Spain. The movie contains bad language, gruesome graphic images, violence, betrayal, spine-chilling moments, breathtaking scenes, suspense, savage killings, brutal torture and gut-wrenching moments. With all said, I enjoyed this film immensely and will see it again so I would recommend for you to see it at your earliest convenience.
Ofelia (Ivana Baquero - The New Daughter (2009), The Anarchist’s Wife (2008), Gelo (2016)) and her pregnant mother, Carmen travels to a small town in Northern Spain in 1944 to meet Captain Vidal. Vidal (Sergi Lopez - Dirty Pretty Things (2002), With a Friend Like Harry… (2000), An Affair of Love (1999)) is the father of Carmen’s unborn child and Ofelia’s stepfather. He believes in Falangism, assigned to hunt Republican rebels and is the son of a famous commander.
Vidal’s housekeeper, Mercedes (Maribel Verdu - Canguros (1994-1997), The Blind Sunflowers (2008)) stopped Ofelia from entering a labyrinth that Ofelia found after she followed a humongous stick-like insect that she thinks is a fairy. The persistent fairy comes to Ofelia’s bedroom and lets her follow it to the labyrinth. The faun believes that she is Princess Moanna and gave Ofelia three things to do before the full moon so that she can become immortal. Ofelia completed the first and second task but did not follow all of the rules for the second task resulting in two fairies to die and in her being denied her third task. Vidal is a sociopathic person that savagely murders two average farmers because he suspected them of being rebels and goes on to torturing a rebel and killing a doctor. Skip forward - Carmen dies while giving birth to her son leading to many other outstanding events with Mercedes, Vidal, Ofelia, the baby boy, and the labyrinth.
Teenagers (depends on fear/grotesque level) and adults will enjoy this gruesome enchanting fairy tale which displays spectacular beauty, brutal scenes of horror and spellbinding thrills that will send chills down your spine. This fairy tale is not suitable for children as there was nonstop violence, blood and it just might be too sensitive for kids. The CGI, actors, cinematography, sound, sets, special effects and just about everything was excellent. I gave this film a nine because it was exhilarating in many ways but had continuity issues where a few shots were different from each other.
About Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
AKA: El laberinto del fauno
Runtime: 118 minutes
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Total Avg. Votes: 17
Writers: Guillermo del Toro
Director: Guillermo del Toro