Movie Review: Pan's Labyrinth

"El Laberinto del Fauno es un triunfo de la película. La imaginación y la visión de la película es simplemente magníficas."
Pan's Labyrinth is that good that I was inspired to brush up on my Spanish. (FYI, Pan's Labyrinth is a movie in Spanish.)

Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Blade 2) weaves a wondrous tale about a fantasy world in a time of violence and brutality. Ofelia (played by Ivana Baguero) is an imaginative little girl who fantasizes about fairies and magical worlds. Her life is in an upheaval after her mother marries a ruthless Spanish captain and placed in an unhappy home. Everything changes when she encounters Pan (or Faun), a magical creature who reveals fantastic things in store for the heroine. Ofelia then enters a world that seems to be in parallel with her imaginary places.

Pan's Labyrinth is not your typical children's fantasy. It is much darker than The Last Mimzy and more violent than the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It actually evokes memories of Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle in some respects.

The movie won Academy awards for Cinematography, Art Direction and Makeup and it really shows. The production is of high quality and the story is well-written. I highly recommend this movie.

Rating: 5/5

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