Pan's Labyrinth

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Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Starring: Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ariadna Gil, Doug Jones
RunTime: 105 mins
Genre: Fantasy / Horror (Spain)
Rating: NC-16 (Some Violence)

Fairytale for adults; Alice In Wonderland meets Saw.

Good stories work when there is a conflict. In Pan's Labyrinth (also known El Laberinto del Fauno), two worlds that never seem to cross paths come together in parallels. One world is the harsh reality of a civil war in Spain, with a family and army controlled by an atrocious captain. The other is a mysterious labyrinth, where a little girl has to complete 3 tasks to become a princess of an enchanted world. In the process, she faces a giant toad and hideous baby-eating creature.

Which is more frightening? A pale face monster or a human being? This fairytale may push you to the darkest side of the human world and reality. Or it may entice you with its magical fantasy world of fauns and angels.

In any case, it is a visual spectacle despite its small budget of US$5 million, highlighting Guillermo Del Toro's craft in this genre. The soundtrack was equally magical. Its play with mystical symbols and remarkable storytelling has thrilled viewers and critics all over the world, earning a Golden Globe nomination.

The strange thing was, though I was not thoroughly excited during the process of the movie, its impact on me stayed on for quite some time. This is one movie for you to think about, with a haunting lullaby to hum along for a long, long time.

Pan's Labyrinth – A haunting fairytale for adults. Fantastic.

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