When he is actually kidnapped, Sarah is given just thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue him. . But the praise this is getting from critics and people writing here is way over the top. The competition is open to high school and college teams from around the world. However, the script is too random and contrived to be interesting and the characters are one-dimensional. To speak further about the script will end up in spoilers and that would be pointless since my very purpose writing this review is to encourage people to see it.Next
Although dubbed, his Spanish is perfect Jones speaks not a word of the language , and his physical presence is incredibly powerful as his character teases, cajoles and harries Ofelia to fulfil her tasks. One thing that most reviews haven't mentioned is the violence. So if you often find the following aspects annoying in movies you should be careful before buying a ticket to this one. Skipping the plot recap find the briefest synopsis you can if you need to be filled in , I'll go straight to the tech specs. Maybe I missed something, but I doubt a specious film like this can conceal such intricacies.Next
It is an interesting, original story. It should continue being original throughout. The little girl carries pretty much the whole film on her shoulders and does so with the skill of Atlas himself! Let's hope that the late December opening favors an Oscar nomination which it should win hands down, unless some other work of genius appears on the horizon. Thus, the film alternates between the world of the Spanish Civil War and the strange, dark and frightening world of Pan's Labyrinth. A award going to Sergi Lopez, whose Captain Vidal is really one of the most sadistic film work ever seen. Humans are capable of terrible atrocities and looking the other way does nothing to improve our nature.Next
The absolute winner of the OscarTorrent night 2007 is Pan's Labyrinth with 6 Oscars, including the Oscar for best foreign language film. This is a very 'visual' film that does not rely overly on dialogue. It's also insulting to Spirit of the Beehive, on which del Toro has said he based the film. Plus the film leaves no room for any other interpretation aside from the one which is already painted elaborately on its cinematic walls. The true horror and the meat of the story lies in Falangist Spain with the menacing Captain Vidal, who takes delight in torture - ritually preparing his tool kit and reciting his own speech to demoralise his victims - and who is equally obsessed with the continuation of his bloodline. If violence offends people so much they should do something about real violence rather than writing nasty reviews about depictions of it. Still worth watching but is this really one of the top 100 films of all time? Blood Diamond is runner up with 3 Oscars.Next
In this film, much as I pride myself on foreseeing the outcome of most stories, I could not guess what would happen next. I knew that the movie has been praised by many critics and has made hundreds top lists of last year, that it was nominated for countless awards including six Academy awards and it won three Oscars, and that it had received 20 minutes standing ovation at Cannes. This is easily the best film I've seen this year, and a must see on the big screen. There are few ideas in the film's magical dreamworld that haven't been seen before. Do yourselves a favour and go and watch it on the big screen.Next
It's hard to imagine that any film could beat it in a context other than Cannes where they have marked preferences, bordering on obsession, for certain directors. I was perhaps expecting a little more fantasy, but the unique blend of genres is absolutely compelling. As the twin plots progress, they intertwine, with the tasks of Ofelia becoming the choices faced by a Spain at the crossroads. Apparently Pan's Labyrinth won a 20-minute standing ovation at Cannes, when it was shown. The project turned out to be a great success, over 100.
What elevates Pan's Labyrinth above other fantasises, however, is the fact that its reality sequences are just as intriguing as its fantasy elements - a rare feat - and the two meld together perfectly. There is just nothing subtle in the story that draws you in, I found it all annoyingly superficial and cliché. People will watch Pan's Labyrinth in a way that most won't watch Land and Freedom. So, while there are trips into the magical world including a disturbing yet inherently memorable scene with the hieronymus bosch-like spectre known as the 'Pale Man' they do not overwhelm the film. Watching it in its' original language is much, much more rewarding even if I had to rely on the subtitles for most of the time. Since I do not understand how anyone can find this movie enjoying, I will just try help you people who get disturbed by the same movie elements as myself.Next
Verdu is incredible as Mercedes, the head housekeeper or something who is Ofelia's closest friend in the house. I expect that the rating will come down as the novelty of an adult-oriented fantasy picture wears off. Cast: Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, Alex Angulo, Manolo Solo, Cesar Vea, Roger Casamajor, Ivan Massague Studio: Warner Bros. I know I should sympathize with Ofelia, and who would not feel empathy for an 11-year-old girl who had to live through the death of her mother and to confront her monstrous step-father but if frankly, her character is not very interesting. Like I said, it is a good picture.