Full Movie Reviews
KingInTheNorth - wrote on 07/04/2013
Director: Guillermo del Toro Producer: Alfonso Cuarón. What can go wrong with this?
Pan's Labyrinth is a spanish drama/fantasy movie from the year 2006. It's about a girl who is forced to move withh her pregnant mother to a military camp in North Spain, there she creates a fairy tail world where she has to master three tasks to be a princess in an underground world...
This is not a real fantasy movie, this has actually more of drama in it, The drama part is set to be the subplot, but after an hour it becomes the main-plot. that is a bit confusing but is not that tragical. The script is, although that, very well written and shows of something about the Spanish civil war. The cinematography of this movie is just perfect, there is no doubt about that. The make-up and the art …
Yojimbo - wrote on 12/16/2011
A little girl and her pregnant mother are relocated to an army camp to be with the unborn baby's father, an officious and sadistic captain in Franco's fascist military. Pan's Labyrinth is a gothic fantasy that sees a young girl escape into a world of fauns, fairys and political allegory to escape her cold, cruel, clockwatching, jack-booted step-father who is a kindred spirit of Schindler's List's Goethe. Once again Del Toro blends beautiful imagery with an affecting war story and the result is an enchanting experience that mirrors the fight between good and evil in both the real world and a young child's imagination in a way that reminded me a lot of the work of Hayao Miyazaki. Young Ivana Baquero puts in a performance that belies her tender years and the stunning visuals create a …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/19/2011
The setting is during the post-Civil War Spain in 1944. Carmen (Gil), with Ofelia (Baquero), will meet the fascist Captain Vidal (López). Mercedes (Verdú), one of many loyal helps of the Captain, is a spy for the anti-fascist rebels, including her brother. Ofelia meets a faun (Doug Jones), who believes her to be Princess Moanna and gives her three tasks to complete to ensure everything will be intact. Some amazing quotes: Faun – “A long time ago, in the underground realm, where there are no lies or pain, there lived a Princess who dreamt of the human world.” Dr. Ferreiro – “But captain, to obey- just like that- for the sake of obeying... without questioning... that's something only people like you can do Captain.” Carmen – “You're getting older, and you'll see that …
Sykora727 - wrote on 02/25/2010
Pan's labyrinth, written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, is a Spanish-language fantasy that takes place in historical Spain in 1944. The story tells about a young girl named Ofelia and her desire to escape the hardships that she faces, and live a life free from the civil war-ridden Spain. Being a young adolescent, Ofelia is pressured to give up her childish dreams and book-like fantasies in place of a more realistic dark adult-hood. After meeting a mystical faun, Ofelia must decide whether or not she will give in to these pressures of a dark grown-up reality, or carry out the difficult tasks given to her by the faun in order to capture her dreams.
Guillermo del Toro does an excellent job at portraying the contrast between living in reality and searching for one's dreams. Del Toro …
Zombified - wrote on 12/28/2009
I was very reluctant to watch Pan's Labyrinth because I don't normally like watching movies with subtitles, but the movie was really worth it.
The story for Pan's Labyrinth is not only unique, everything in the movie was wonderfully displayed. The make-up work, digital art, and character details help build the story, along with the dramatic sequences. The presentation of the story was great, almost fantastic. I couldn't wait to see the way the story continued to progress through the movie, and with several sides to tell, there was no way anyone could predict what would happen next.
The characters in Pan's Labyrinth were just as good as the story. All of the characters had distinct personalities which helped the movie grow with each scene. Even the way the characters interacted made …
Ichabod Crane - wrote on 11/21/2008
The one good thing about this film is it has strong visuals in the technical sense. As in the cinematography is great as are the art designs of the various creatures. But the problem with this film is it mainly is not about Pan's Labyrinth but instead about the Spanish civil war which it holds a one dimensional view of. The funny thing is it shows the Nationalists as pure evil but the Republican are merely shown but it says no reason why they are good but merely the film tells us just to side with them. It does this because it just says this Captain Vidal is so evil. And he is evil but he is a thin character because he is evil every second of the film. Amon Goeth in Schindler's list does not act evil when he is around his friends this guy does, and Amon Goeth is the real person. Anyways …
Josh C - wrote on 03/23/2007
Pan's Labyrinth is nothing short of brilliant. It is truly the first great fairytale inspired movie that is only for adults. The movie is split into two mindsets/places: the imaginative world of a child and the disheartened reality of an adult. The child, Ofelia, dreams of worlds so fantastic and so real it envelops her. Throughout the movie she is told that fairy tales are not real and someday when she is old enough she will see this.
The startling part about this movie is the unexpected and graphic violence. It really transforms this movie into a gruesome fairytale that is more real than any I have seen before. For a while I wondered how relevant the setting was to the movie and then I realized that you can't have one without the other. Ofelia?s imagination is a way for her to …