Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real father, Ofelia must complete three terrifying tasks.
fantasy labyrinth relation girl general franco 1975 civil war special effects war fable spain resistance servant anti hero fairy fairy tale franco regime (francoism) army princess love woods king hiding mythological children in wartime
An exceptional movie
I really had no idea what kind of movie Pan's Labyrinth was. I thought it was a fantasy movie much like Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass but just with a darker setting. I couldn't have been more wrong.
Pan's Labyrinth is an exceptional movie about Franco's Regime in Spain five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War. The movie takes you to a remote location and shows you a set of complicated relationships of different characters trying to balance between the fascists and the remaining guerrillas. But, in reality, it is a tale told from a child's perspective who is unable to comprehend everything happening around her.
The movie uses excessive violence and is not, by any means, for everyone. I wouldn't recommend Pan's Labyrinth to children and even not to some adults. It is not a children's tale, even if it's told by a child, but a naked story of the realities of the bloodiest civil war in history. There's something in the way the story unfolds that is so beautifully flawed that it left me very emotional. The viewer is trapped in a emotional contradiction that captivates the essence of civil war. With General Franco staying in power until his death in year 1975, the movie could be the Spanish "Täällä Pohjantähden alla" but only emotionally closer given how fresh the topic still must be.
I feel that Pan's Labyrinth is one of those movies that can't be evaluated in pieces but rather as a whole. It is more than just its masterful pieces woven together. It is an exceptionally beautiful movie with many different levels. It is very close to being a full ten on my scale.
Two words describe Pan's Labyrinth: Absolute Masterpiece. This film delivers a fantastic cast and Writer/Director Guillermo Del Torro is simply a genius. Pan's Labyrinth appealed to me both for the visual effects and the story. Well worth the 3 Academy Awards that it won. This movie is filmed in Spanish so if you are not a fan of subtitles this may not be a movie for you, but I would recommend that you give this one a look.