El Laberinto del Fauno a.k.a. Pan’s Labyrinth

Set in Fascist Spain of the year 1944, the movie revolts around a young girl Ofilia who has to travel with her pregnant mother to live in a rural and restless area with her mother’s new husband, a cruel captain of the Spanish army. There, Ofilia found an imaginary fairy which led her through the labyrinth to meet a fantasy creature – Pan or Faun – telling her that she is actually a princess of a forgotten kingdom. Is it real or is it a dark fairy tale crated by the girl to fight with harsh reality? Let’s the movie guide you…

This movie was nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, even though it lose the award to the German film "Das Leben der Anderen" a.k.a. "The Lives of Others" (Read my review by clicking here,) it was recognized by winning 3 awards including Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Cinematography and Best Achievement in Makeup.

The movie is written and directed by a veteran Mexican movie-maker Guillermo del Toro. Some might think that it’s just another fantasy movie with load of special effects, well, it is. However, the movie delivers more serious messages of war and humanity behind its powerful script and fantastic cinematography. The story is imaginative yet miserable as while the story progresses, the plot reveals the real devil within human’s heart. It’s certainly not a fantasy movie for children as there are numerous scenes of blood and violence in the film. We could actually see the real world through an imagination of Ofilia, the character which perfectly portrayed by a young Spanish actress Ivana Baquero.

All in all, I love the movie. The picture is beautifully shot. The plot is clear and clever. The ending is … well, I’d rather not to say but I think it’s the best to end that way – if the real world is hard to live in, it’s better to stay in your beautiful imagination forever.

5 Stars out of 5 – recommend to those who love drama and fantasy movie, the two genres could be together. A word of advice: this is not a movie for young children, don’t bring them to the theater watching this film.

P.S. Check out the official movie site (in English) for more information: http://www.panslabyrinth.com


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