Pan’s Labyrinth Review By Jake S.

Set in post civil war Spain, Pans Labyrinth is a tale about a young girl Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) who  moves with her ill pregnant mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), to an abandoned mill in the middle of a forest where her new step father Captain Vidal (Sergi López), and his men are stationed. Vidal is leading his men against resistance fighters in the area. While her mother battles pregnancy complications, Ofelia finds a fairy which leads her to a near by labyrinth where a faun resides. The faun informs her that she is a lost princess of an underground world. To prove her royalty she is giving three tasks to complete. The movie follows her going through these task and interacting with various fairy tale like creatures while the battle between her step father and his men and the resistance soldiers rages on.

The movie was written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. It is a very suspenseful grown up like fairy tale. Ivana Baquero did excellent job playing her courageous and imaginative. As did the other characters. Most of the shots are dark and with the chilling sound track and great special effects a cool effect is created.

With the character Captain Vidal, a sort of tension and release effect happens. Through out the movie, his merciless torturing and killing of innocent people shows his horrible nature. You begin to hate him and cant wait until he gets what he deserves. It feels quite satisfying when he gets stabbed repeatedly.

I enjoyed this movie a lot. Everything from the music to the acting was well done. I would certainly recommend this movie to anyone who isn’t too squeamish.


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