Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pan's Labyrinth

Release Date: January 19th, 2007

Genre: Drama / Fantasy

Stars: Ivana Baquero, Maribel Verdu, Sergi Lopez

Synopsis: A pregnant woman moves herself and her young daughter in with a military Captain whom she has recently married near a warzone in 1940's Spain where fantasy and reality collide resulting in heart wrenching drama.

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A fantastic and well imagined story that may have been guilty of being slightly over ambitious.

Writing / Production:               

A stunning visual achievement that did not feel the least bit hokie even when dealing with outright fantasy.  The characters and dialogue are believable and effective which makes "Pan's Labyrinth" a delight to watch.


Excellent performances resound throughout this film.  Sergi Lopez as the Captain is as cold and unlikeable a villain in any film and Maribel Verdu plays the brave and rebellious Mercedes brilliantly as well.


The crafting of this sort of fantasy film for an adult audience is certainly a tactic that is rare indeed.


It may take more than one viewing of "Pan's Labyrinth" before the film can be fully appreciated (especially if you don't speak Spanish).  Most audiences should be captivated by a film that achieves excellence in multiple categories which adds up to an entertaining ride.

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