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Pan's Labyrith - Review

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Pan's Labyrith

Guillermo Del Toro, who wrote the story, has created a special universe. There are two storylines present in "Pan's Labyrinth". One revolves around the end of the Spanish Civil War (late 30's to early 40's) and the other is the fantasy world that seeks out and finds the film's main character, Ofelia, played by twelve-year-old Ivana Baquero. Pan's Labyrinth is a fairy tale for grown-ups throughout, even though it maintains a child's simple view of good and evil. Although this flick relies heavily on special effects, including the computer-generated kind, you're never aware of them. There's very little that's pretty about it, it's a dark and violent film, but has a wild beauty and a complexity that is rare, and lingers with you long after you've finished watching it. However, it's worth noting that this is not a film for young children, as it contains disturbing imagery and some horrific violence. Pan's Labyrinth is a fantasy film meant for adults, not little children, even with its tone-setting, hummed lullaby musical score. This is a bloody, even gory film in many places and Del Toro should be congratulated for not going the PG-13 route with his film as he easily could have and was probably approached to do by his backers at some point. The ending to "Pan's Labyrinth" will probably have some people divided as it...well. I better not say or even hint at. It is one of the film's strongest points. Spoiling it might take away from Del Toro's terrific film. There aren't many director/screenwriters that have the guts to film what Del Toro does in the film's final act but it makes everything that came before it even more credible and beautiful. Pan's Labyrinth excelled on so many levels it wasn't even funny. The film was in Spanish with English subtitles, they better not dub it for US release! If you see just one film this year, make it this one.

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Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

I've been too lazy to deal with subtitles lately, but I do want to watch this.  Guess I'll have to add it to the list & just deal with my laziness!

Mar 22, 2008 12:02 PM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
Chris- I was putting this one off for a while myself. I liked it so much I'm going to buy it.
Mar 22, 2008 01:52 PM
Sarah Reinhart
Brumback Residential - Spokane, WA
I have not seen this one because quite honestly the topic seemed intense.  (Our market is stressful enough!)
Mar 30, 2008 04:52 PM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Sarah- Check it out... you might like it.

Mar 30, 2008 05:02 PM
Rich Quigley
Chicago, IL
Vincent-I agree this was a great movie.
Apr 03, 2008 05:20 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
Rich- This flick was awesome!! After I watched it (twice), I decided I needed to make it a part of my home video library, so I bought it.
Apr 03, 2008 05:25 AM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Well Vincent, you were right again.  Thanks for a great movie!  Boy, you weren't kidding about the horrific violence. 

Apr 16, 2008 08:15 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
Chris- I'm glad you enjoyed it! The computer generated special FX were very well done. The violence was almost too graphic, wasn't it?
Apr 16, 2008 11:03 AM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Absolutely - that step father was a piece of work.  I had to cover my eyes at some points.  It was brutal in a too real kinda way. 

Chris

Apr 16, 2008 11:07 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
Chris- Out of all of the weird and scary looking creatures in this flick the step father had to be the biggest monster of all.
Apr 16, 2008 11:19 AM