Movie Review: Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth
Starring: Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, Alex Angulo.
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Rating: R for graphic violence and language.
Plot: A young girl, Ofelia, discovers she’s the lost Princess of an Underworld realm and she must perform three tasks to return to her rightful place.
Notes: The film is set in 1944 Spain. Five years after the official close of the Spanish Civil War and during the closing months of World War II. The film features beautiful shots of the Spanish countryside as well as very nice CGI components. The film is visually stunning and put together well.

The film relies on the viewer having an understanding of, what Joeseph Campbell called the “Heroes Journey.” That is, where symbolism replaces literalism. While most of the characters are firmly rooted in the mundane world of 1944 Spain, Ofelia willingly crosses the threshold between worlds on a regular basis and thinks nothing of it.

There also seems to be (at least in my view) a lot of Pagan influence in the film. For example, there is a standing stone, three faeries, three doors, three tests; all referencing the Law of Three.

The film is in Spanish, so be sure to turn on the English subtitles if you don’t speak Spanish.

Guillermo Del Toro also directed Blade II and Hellboy.

Rating: Perfect; Five Goons out of Five.

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