El Laberinto del Fauno

Thursday, January 11, 2007
...or Pan's Labyrinth in English. I just got back from the premier with my SIL. Be warned! This is NOT like Labyrinth with David Bowie (has it really been 20 years???). Ok, sure there are some similarities: there's a labyrinth (naturally), a baby, and some fairy-type creatures. I'd say that's about where the comparison ends. This is NOT a fairy tale, there are a whole number of reasons why this movie is rated R (or similar ratings depending on where you live). It is very dark, very violent, and at times very graphic. And yet it's also beautifully shot, well written (from what I gathered from the sub-titles...thank god it wasn't dubbed), and superbly acted, most notably by Ivana Baquero who plays the lead, Ofelia. I have a feeling she's going to have a huge career ahead of her. I'm not going to tell you anything else about the movie, other than you really MUST see it and I might possibly have a nightmare or two tonight regarding Ofelia's second task (you'll understand when you see it). All either of us could say after the lights came on was "Holy Shit". I'm hoping that *Asterisk and Red see it when they get back from Seville to get their reviews as well.

My rating: A (not quite an A+ but as close as it gets) or 95/100. Suh-weet.


kelly said...

sounds like one i'd like to see....I'll have to get a dvd..we never get that in our theaters

Sheamus the... said...

AHHHHHHHH...I want to see this movie so bad!!!! I am going...NOW!

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