Pan’s Labyrinth

DVD review from Nick at Nite

Pan’s Labyrinth

How do you know a foreign film is a good movie? Well, you know it is a good movie if the subtitles don’t distract you or force you to lose interest in the film. This Spanish film was a good movie because for this English speaker — it was as if it was not subtitled. It is an original story involving either the very vivid imagination of a teenage girl or a trippy visit to an underworld with magical creatures set against the backdrop of the fascist regime in Spain. It would be difficult to tell the story in a few lines and I am not interested in spoiling the movie for anyone that has not seen it. In short, a teenage girl is forced into a difficult situation with her stepfather and pregnant mother. She finds an escape and solace in a mysterious book and the promise that she might be a princess who has been missing from her “underworld kingdom” for many years.


4 comments on “Pan’s Labyrinth

  1. […] When I saw in the opening credits that this animated film was produced by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), I figured (correctly) that I was in for a wild ride.  It’s a story within a story; a small […]

  2. […] usually my thing, but I have enjoyed some of director Guillermo del Toro’s past work (Pan’s Labyrinth, the first Hellboy).  Plus, the three headliners are two top-notch actresses (Jessica Chastain, […]

  3. […] and Italian (the romance languages) are a little easier on the ear. Thus, explaining why I think Pan’s Labyrinth was the best foreign film last year. I give The Lives of Others an “A” if you speak […]

  4. […] (Jessica Alba, Sin City). But love must wait when the arrival of the Silver Surfer (Doug Jones, Pan’s Labyrinth) means that the Earth will be destroyed by Galactus, a sort of interstellar tornado, in eight days. […]

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