Pan's Labyrinth
"Pan's Labyrinth" is the story of a young girl who travels with her pregnant mother to live with her mother's new husband in a rural area up North in Spain, 1944. The girl lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and faces the real world with much chagrin(I have no clue what this word means). Post-war Fascist repression is at its height in rural Spain and the girl must come to terms with that through a fable of her own.(imdb)

This movie was AMAZING on every level. Every level. The biggest surprise to me was the story. It was told so beautifully and flowed so well...beyond anything I expected. The fantasy world and the real world supported each other magnificently. The acting was top notch. The special effects flawless. The creepiness unsettling and the gore seat twitching. The gore was a big issue for many of my friends. It was not excessive but was artistically just enough to get the point across and impact you as a viewer.

Like I said the story blew me away. Guillermo Del Toro(Hellboy and Blade 2) wrote a fantasy masterpiece that will undoubtedly live on through generations to come. If you get a chance don't miss this movie. One of my new favorites. I am excited to see what else is crawling up ole Del Toro's sleeve.
Reviewed by: shea
2 Comment(s)
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I personally find the central plot (discounting the multiple stories and the dual worlds of fantasy and reality) to be pretty much at the same level and in the same vein as del Toro's _The Devil's Backbone_.

But as mentioned, _Pan's Labyrinth_ offers a comparatively more fully fleshed out and compex narrative that is not only informed by the Spanish Civil War (both the fascist, the rebel, and the rebel sympathizer views are represented), but also by del Toro's uncanny ability of picking and presenting the primal elements that instilled fear, curiosity and excitement in us as children). These are intricately woven into the narrative alongside the civil war, bringing the worlds of fanstasy and reality into confict and at the same same time, resolving the imbroglios into a satisfactory conclusion.

A tour de force, but like you said, Shea, del Toro just might have something better up his sleeve.