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Monday, October 26, 2009

[10/10] Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Short review: "El Laberinto del Fauno" is a gruelling, disturbing, emotional and brutal journey of light and dark. Is is a wonderful fairy tale, with great performances, stunning visuals and strong story. All your emotions will be thoroughly tested in Guillermo Del Toro's grim fairy tale. A masterful fable that alternates between uber-gritty realism and dark, twisted fantasy with such a sublime slickness, it is near startling. The movie not only benefits of Del Toro's wonderful script but also of some compelling performances. The actress playing Ophelia, was simply perfect; Maribel Verdu is convincing as the troubled servant and Sergi Lopez gets the show stealer role as the evil Captain Vidal which he portrays successfully. The effects are fantastic and show how CGI use should be kept to a minimum unless you have a vast budget, as most of the effects in this are real and not computer generated. The set designs and costumes are outstanding.Doug Jones does a brilliant job of bringing Fauno and Pale Man to life. But the real star is Guillermo del Toro. With his great vision and excellent story telling, he brings the entire film to life. He knows exactly what fans want and works brilliant towards genre. "Pan's Labyrinth" is without a doubt del Toro's masterpiece, year's best movie and it is now in my "best of all time" list! It's perfect!


DEZMOND said...

I also liked the visuals in this movie, del Toro obviously is an expert in using his imagination.

I'm not sure whether I like the fact that he decided to break some taboo's by killing a child at the end of the movie. I'm not sure whether such things are justified in this kind of art.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Del Toro is without a doubt one of the most talented directors in the history of cinema. He's so creative and original and he definitely has an eye for detail! Pan's Labyrinth is almost perfect movie, in my opinion - story, visuals, directing, acting - everything was top-notch!
As for the end, I thought it was very dramatic, sad and emotional!

Unknown said...

This movie is also my favorite too. This is a great piece! I really admire the imagination of Del Torro, brilliant mind!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

elgartcalago, this is a near perfect film, and Del Toro's vivid imagination is undeniable. He's the king of 'fantasy' for me. ;) Thanks for the comment.