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Pan's Labyrinth

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Jeff Nelson

...is an artistic and breathtaking film and it is highly recommended.

Pan's Labyrinth
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The idea of fairy tales is a child concept. It's a common factor in children films and has a known presence in family movies, as well. The notion of nightmares, violence, and darkness is a frequent conception in motion pictures for adults. These two lines aren't made to be combined, but Guillermo del Toro pulls it off.

A young girl, Ofelia, is living with her tyrannical stepfather and pregnant movie. She feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by the mysterious Pan, an ancient satyr, who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real father, Ofelia must complete three terrifying tasks. The plot is creative and depicts its characters well. The screenplay is excellent and delivers terrific character development, engrossing scenes, and nail-biting excitement.

Surprisingly, every performance given is amazing. The young Ivana Baquero (Ofelia) is a child actor to remember. She provides skills of more than a majority of adult stars. Her character is very likable and is fun to follow.

It's important for the audience to feel as if they're in the labyrinth. This is achieved easily since the sets are lifelike and all fairy tale elements portrayed favorably. The color palette on the screen is filled with dark colors, yet with popping golds and greens. All creatures look superb and are imaginative.

Since Pan's Labyrinth is about a young child and fairy tales, it may lead many to believe it's a children's film. This is far from the truth. This is a nightmare-like fairy tale for adults. The characters are outstanding and is tremendously hard to find a lot wrong with this film. It's in Spanish with English subtitles, but is visually astonishing. Pan's Labyrinth is an artistic and breathtaking film and it is highly recommended.

Next movie: Alien vs. Predator

My Rating = Five Stars


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