Pan's Labyrinth

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Genre:  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
Running Time:  112 min.
Release Date: December 25, 2006 (limited)
DVD: May 15, 2007

Current rating: Rating: 3.24
based on 3357 votes and 170 reviews
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Cast: Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil

Synopsis

A gothic fairy tale set against the postwar repression of Franco's Spain, Pan's Labyrinth unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), a dreamy little girl who is uprooted to a rural military outpost commanded by her new stepfather. Powerless and lonely in a place of unfathomable cruelty, Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Alfonso Cuarón, Bertha Navarro, Frida Torresblanco, Álvaro Augustin
Screenplay: Guillermo Del Toro
Official Site: www.panslabyrinth.com

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  • 1 star "I´ve never seen so overrated movie with so many stupid plot holes like this one. I don´t get the hype, I don´t get the amount of people who liked it and I think it´s more about jumping in the bandwagon with critics than about true opinion of these people. The movie has almost no plot and even this almost non-existing plot has uncountable number of holes."
  • 2 stars "Spoiler alert!!! There´s a big hype about this movie where I live (Czech Republic) and I honestly don´t get why. The mix of war movie with fantasy is quite weird in itself but it´s still more bearable than many nonsenses in the plot - like why the Hell Mercedes didn´t kill that evil soldier when she had enough time to make him Jokerface, why was Ophelia, who is about 12 or 13, stupid like 5 years old (only total retard could wake up that Voldemort after many napalm attacks), why her mother was married to that evil soldier, why Ophelia wanted to escape from horrible, violent, creepy real life into even more horrible, violent, creepy fantasy world? Many scenes feel forced, they are there for the sake of being there (for violent and creepy stuff, to be more specific). The visual side of the movie is creative, the labyrinth looks mysterious and creatures have original design. But the amount of violent and scarry scenes puts this movie strictly out of the children-friendly zone, while in the same time the title character is a child, extremely naive and stupid for her age, so I wasn´t able to create a bond to this character. She´s obviously a girl who went insane from the trauma caused by war. This might explain why her fantasy world is as ugly as real life - her traumatised mind can´t create nice things. Her death was supposed to be shocking because "OMG it´s a child!!!" but Twohy was killing kids since Pitch Black + he was able to offer much cooler and more interesting characters and black humour. And Pitch Black was certainly more child friendly than this movie, while it wasn´t supposed to be for kids at all."
  • 3 stars "fantastical..........still average but fairly well done and don't take the children"