Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth

We went to see Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth last night in the Lower East Side. Incredible and haunting, albeit a bit violent.

Set against the backdrop of Franco's Spain, Pan's Labyrinth tells the story of Ofelia, her pregnant mother and evil stepfather. Ofelia, it seems, is a long long princess who must complete three tasks before she is permitted to return to her underground kingdom, accessible only through a labyrinth at the back of the old mill where she, along with her makeshift family and a ton of cruel soldiers, live. Pan, or el fauna, guards the entrance and instructs her as to what she should do.

I, of course, loved all the goddess references--from the labyrinth itself to the mandrake root that supposed to cure her mother's pregnancy-related illness-to the final re-visioning of the Mother/child, God and Christ trinity in female form--but, as R pointed out, the metaphor of blind obedience mirrored in the girl's tale and the political "reality" of the film felt a little forced.

Still. See the film. Del Toro's the real deal.



Blogger Candy Minx said...


I really want to see this movie thanks for the review!

11:44 AM  
Blogger Gardenia said...

I'm going to Netflix now to see if it is out to rent! Otherwise will look for it in Florida theatres soon.

Happy Birthday, hope it was a really good one, sounds nice with the fascinating movie. Come on over to my BD party today!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

oh man.... i missed the actual day.. but Happy Birthday!!

and i love that you love fantasy! i'll have to go see this, for sure :)

4:35 PM  
Blogger thehealingroom said...

Thanks for the review. I love a godd fantasy...the special effects look great, worthy of seeing on the big screen.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Red said...

I loved The Devil's Backbone, also by Guillermo del Toro, so when this comes out here in the UK (probably late 2007...), I shan't miss it.

12:15 PM  

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