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What a movie,
This review is from: Pan's Labyrinth [DVD]  (DVD)
I bought this film a while ago, but only just got round to watching it this evening. It is incredibly good - probably one of the best films I've ever seen.
For those expecting some kind of Disney-esque fairy tale or a pure fantasy film, you will be disappointed since this is far more in the vein of fairy tales as they were originally - cautionary tales or lurking danger. It is hard hitting and graphically violent, very much depicting the vicious reality of the Spanish Civil War and the brutality of the Franco regime. Nevertheless, it is a gripping tale of perils to be overcome, both real and fantastical, by the young protagonist, Ofelia. Disturbing, moving and unpredictable it is a film I would recommend to anyone who doesn't mind their reality painted in flesh and blood colour and their fantasy a little on the dark side.
Be warned, I am surprised this film got a 15 rating - it is not for the faint of heart and not one that I'd describe as a popcorn or family film by any stretch of the imagination!
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2011 09:39:01 BDT
I watched it 5 times now. A masterpiece. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. I feel Guillermo is far better than Steven Spielberg or Manoj N Shyamalan. I was fascinated by insects and fantasy tales since I was a child. And the music score by Javier Navarette: BRILLIANT.
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