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Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)

87 Ratings: 3.6
Guillermo del Toro's critically acclaimed 2006 dark fantasy film.

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, Jorge Luis Borges, and Guillermo del Toro's own unlimited imagination,Pan's Labyrinthis a fairytale for adults. Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) may only be 12, but the worlds she inhabits, both above and below ground, … see full wiki

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: December 29, 2006
MPAA Rating: R
21 reviews about Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
review by . November 06, 2009
Alice in Wonderland is one of the most beloved stories of our time, It tells of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole and get's transported to another world where strange creatures rule and the possibilities of magic and adventure are endless. But it's been nearly 144 years since that story first appeared and ever since then film makers have been trying to tell the story a different way for years, But thanks to Guillermo del Toro we have the greatest spin off of all, El Laberinto del Fauno, …
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Visually stunning; interesting plot
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
So, so, so, so CREEPY! I hated the main dude. I was Terrified. *shudders*
review by . December 03, 2009
posted in Reel Overseas
The fantasy genre doesn't lend itself well to movies, for whatever reason. Before this decade, fantasy films were much more likely to end up on MST3K or, at best, in a "Most Nostalgic Kids Films of the 80's" list.       Perhaps it's the Spanish-language tendency towards "magical realism" instead of the English-language trend towards Tolkein and Dungeons & Dragons, but Pan's Labyrinth shatters those expectations almost immediately, by melding a little girl's …
review by . September 24, 2009
   Very compelling tale of a young girl who is forced with her sickly and ready to conceive mother, to live with her cruel father in the 1930’s war torn Spanish countryside.  Her father is El Capitan of a military force seeking out rebels against the government.  He loves to torture and brutally murder anybody he catches, whether they are rebels or not (warning: some of the scenes are so graphic that they are difficult to watch if you have a weak stomach).  The girl’s …
review by . November 21, 2009
     Pan's Labyrinth takes place in Spain in May and June, 1944, after the Spanish civil war, during the Franquist repression. Also present is the main character Ofelia's fantasy world which centers around an overgrown abandoned labyrinth. Ofelia's stepfather, the Falangist Captain Vidal, viciously hunts the Spanish Maquis, guerrillas who fight against the Franco regime in the region, while Ofelia's pregnant mother grows increasingly ill. Ofelia meets several strange and magical …
review by . May 15, 2009
Centering around a lonely 12-year old girl named Ofelia with a sickly preger mother, a sadistically cruel stepfather, and a kindly handmaiden--Ofelia escapes into a fairytale world of her imagination. Guided by a fairy she discovers an ancient, crumbling labyrinth guarded by a faun who discloses her true destiny--she is Princess Moanna--but to prove herself she must complete three increasingly challenging and dangerous tasks; The tasks have to be completed before the full moon.     The …
review by . May 21, 2009
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It is 1944, and 12-year old Ofelia and her mother are going to a military outpost in the Spanish countryside to live with her new stepfather, a sadistic army captain.   There, Ofelia discovers an old stone maze that leads to an underground world of fairies and adventures while above ground, the captain is closing in on a rag-tag band of insurgents.     This remarkable movie is alternately beautiful and grotesque, cruel and fantastic.  Ofelia's …
Quick Tip by . November 06, 2009
Really amazing film. Extremely thought provoking & beautifully shot. Made me feel like a child again even though it's not a childrens film.
review by . March 21, 2009
Very compelling tale of a young girl who is forced with her sickly and ready to conceive mother, to live with her cruel father in the 1930's war torn Spanish countryside. Her father is El Capitan of a military force seeking out rebels against the government. He loves to torture and brutally murder anybody he catches, whether they are rebels or not (warning: some of the scenes are so graphic that they are difficult to watch if you have a weak stomach). The girl's means of blocking out all this cruelty …
review by . November 01, 2008
For adults who like fairy tales   This one's worth recommending   I loved the dark but simple plot   From beginning to ending     A king loses his daughter when   The sun's rays light the earth   He sits down in the underworld   To wait for her rebirth     He knows one day her spirit will   Return home once again   (Fast forward to the ending   Of the Civil War in Spain) …
review by . November 01, 2008
Pan's Labyrinth
In war torn Spain there lived a young girl named Ofelia, who loved to read fairy tales. She moves to the country with her pregnant mother, to live with her stepfather Captain Vidal. The Captain is not a nice man, in fact he is evil, spending his time torturing captives and waiting for his son to be born.     Ofelia has a secret world, a world of fairies and fauns. When a faun appears to her inside the labyrinth, which is part of the grounds of the mill she has come to live in, …
review by . January 09, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
After leaving the theater I reviewed and purchased the soundtrack. In the past year and a half I have watched Pan's Labyrinth a dozen times. There are too many great things about this film to catch in one viewing. Original! Rewatch Factor: 5 Stars
review by . December 28, 2008
Pros: Read review     Cons: Read review     The Bottom Line: See Pan’s Labyrinth!              Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. We all need to escape the bitter entrails of reality from time-to-time, which is one of the reasons we watch movies, read books, etc.  Children, with their whimsical natures, sense of adventure and need to explore, …
review by . July 28, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Everybody's seen it. There are 650 reviews already. I don't need to recount the plot, do I?    My take on this film is colored by my years of visiting and living in Spain, from the first time in 1965 until spring of 2007. The content of a film is what the viewer thinks when she/he watches it. I thought of Franco and of Franco's special church-haunted fascism. Does Franco rhyme with macho? Close enough. Franquismo was about masculine honor, including the very masculine honor of …
review by . December 14, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Lovely, a modern fairy tale with power      Cons: tragic and gruesome moments      The Bottom Line: A fairy tale in the truest sense... lovely, powerful, terrible and instructive. A truly unique piece of fantasy.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. Dark and brilliant, like a black diamond, Pan's Labrynth ( or El Laberinto del fauno) is a foreign film treasure worth digging for! …
review by . July 24, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: The fable's fabulous and the other two stories are compelling. I found nothing to dislike      Cons: The violence can be a little over the top.      The Bottom Line: Fables keep us protected at times, but for the remainder of dangerous times, fables can take on a different atmosphere.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.      The British can write and make …
review by . June 28, 2007
Pan's Labyrinth is a combination of fantasy, drama, and tragedy. Young Ofelia is a daughter of a widow, Carmen, who has remarried to a brutal Franco supporter in WWII Spain, Captain Vidal. Daughter and mother go to live in the countryside headquarters of the captain, who with his soldiers, is fighting local rebels. Unknown to them, the local villagers working at the soldier's camp contains a doctor and a servant loyal to the rebels. Ofelia is unwittingly placed into this cat-and-mouse game of ruthless …
review by . June 25, 2007
This movie is not at all for children or those who dislike major violence. Of all the movies that Guillermo del Toro has made I'm guessing this is the personal one for him. I heard him saying on TV that when he was a kid he'd imagine the floor to his bedroom opening up and a creature coming out and having a conversation with him. That's pretty much what Ofelia goes through in this movie as she resorts to a fantasy world where strange creatures send her on a magical journey to regain her royal title. …
review by . June 08, 2007
Very compelling tale of a young girl who is forced with her sickly and ready to conceive mother, to live with her cruel father in the 1930's war torn Spanish countryside. Her father is El Capitan of a military force seeking out rebels against the government. He loves to torture and brutally murder anybody he catches, whether they are rebels or not (warning: some of the scenes are so graphic that they are difficult to watch if you have a weak stomach). The girl's means of blocking out all this cruelty …
review by . May 21, 2007
PAN'S LABYRINTH is a mystery cloaked in the garb of a fairy tale for adults. It is an examination of the cruelty of the Civil War in Spain as Franco assumed prominence and the extent to which some people would resist or escape: one of those means of escape just happens to be fantasy. Writer/Director Guillermo del Toro proves his potential as one of the more important experimental filmmakers with this haunting, mesmerizing tale of a young girl's ability to cope with the world into which she is plunged.  &n …
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