Pan's Labyrinth

42 ratings since posting on Sunday, January 21, 2007
Pan's Labyrinth
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Pan's Labyrinth
The most exciting and compelling story i've seen in years! Just beautiful - Unsubscribed , posted 09/06/09
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I loved this movie!
So i was hesitant to watch a movie that was not in English. It was amazing, the story of Moanna is amazing and beautiful. The world created by is movie is awesome. Watch this one, you wont be disappointed! - Kevin , posted 08/05/08
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No majik
No majik but archetypes of bad education - Amanda , posted 07/19/08
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my kinda movie
for pure entertainment value - i loved it - Unsubscribed , posted 07/01/07
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***WARNING!: Spoiler material!***
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After viewing 'Pan's Labyrinth', I leave the theater with the red stars of propaganda in my eyes. This is a good thing. I find it odd to know, that even though I go to an independent theater, the film is being shown in chain theaters (Ideal grounds for exploiting socialist efforts for capitalist profit while demeaning the message by the ever popular corporate desensitizing mechanism called over exposure.) and gaining as quite a popular movie. This is also good. But my concern (if it is not obvious) is how are patriotic parents of America going to justify that the fascist policies and of this military junta are correct in their attempt to disassemble the socialist militia that are simply occupying a (once free) space. Though the invasion camp was defeated, allowing the socialist group to gain a foot hold in occupying the mountain range, there is a sense that there will be more battles to be won, but by this time, the 'fairytale' of the story has reached it's peak at thus the little Ophelia has gained place in her fathers kingdom. Director Guillermo del Toro did an excellent job- though he isn't a stranger to fairytales. With the great allure engaged with the creation of Blade 2, and Hell Boy, along with talk about a Hell Boy2, We can assume that Guillermo del Toro’s films will not be in short stock anytime soon.
TiM - Timothy , posted 03/22/07
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this is like Grimm's Grimmest....
I'll be too the point. This is a film and not a movie. This is more about reality than it is about fantasy.
If you're looking for something along the lines of Tim Burton or Disney, you will prolly find yourself terribly disappointed.
I've read a lot of reviews of people who were disillusioned by it....fantasy does take the back seat in this...

The violence is amazingly graphic....but I think it illustrates some truth about the type of world we inhabit and have inherited. I think this film lived up to the expectations of those who created it....it would have been very easy to strip it of it's more gruesome elements and turn it into something that the media moguls could exploit, but instead the concept for this was played out without softening it.
I think deep wrenching emotions/feelings were expected to be drawn out of the individual...the violence helped to establish just how dangerous and cruel Spain was during the mid-1900's.
(of course my opinions are my own ...i didn't really investigate the intentions of those who created it) - shKna , posted 03/02/07
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Pan's Labyrinth
Excellent story! Graphic stuff not needed!!! - Arcana , posted 02/22/07
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graphic violence not necessary
The story of this movie is wonderful. However, I feel that much of the violence that was shown was uneccessary. The same movie could have been shot, with the same violence implied, but not so graphically depicted. The more entertainment and the media shows images such as these, the more its viewers get desensitized to it. - Kelly , posted 02/22/07
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A Resurrection Tale for the 21st Century
I am not sure what Del Toro meant when he wrote this screenplay. But.... my first impession was that I was observing the Christ struggle, retold with a feminist twist. Ala Rebecca Ann Parker. (www.sksm.edu/faculty/rebecca_parker.php)

The narrative parts drew on scriptural imagery for sure. No doubt about that. "Father's Kingdom" is repeated a few times. "Seated next to the Father" at least once. Pan tells Ofelia "Your Father not of this world." This theme goes on and on..... Heck, the Faery King/ Father even looks like the Catholic Father God that Del Toro (and I) were raised with. In so many ways.

But there are some striking, and liberative differences in the tale. Which is why I say it could pass as feminist revision. First off, it is a daughter that goes to the human realm. She is not sent by her father. Absolutely not. She quite deliberately wanders out of the kingdom when she is not being observed. Ofelia is not slaughtered as an "innocent." In fact, she actually redeems herself and opens the vortex between the worlds by refusing to spill the blood of an innocent baby. That, she is later told, was the "final test." It wins her the right to sit at her Father's side.

I really liked it! Because I see the value in the Dionysian death and resurrection tale of Christ. But I cannot accept that a "an all loving and all powerful" god would send an "innocent lamb" to be slaughtered. No way. No how. That is illogical, and a dangerous telling of an important myth. I agree with Parker on this fact. The Christ story has served, for too long, as the justification for abuse of innocents.

Del Toro turns that version of the Dionysian tale on it's ear. Ofelia leaves her "Father's Kingdom" as she reaches the age of reason. She does this on her own volition. Later, she returns home by her own choice to protect an innocent. It could be the story of any human being, really. We die and return home. It is not by the slaughter of the innocent that we have this chance. It is by our own hand, and our own "good acts." Yes! There is resurrection tale I can live with!

Looking back on the movie, as I watched it a second time, I saw the psychological drama of a child living in a terrible situation. Ofelia could be seen as simply using her mind to escape. (It seems that is what Terry Gross saw.www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php But, I think that interpretation is a somewhat shallow one. It shortshrifts the mythologic implications, which go far deeper than that.

Pan's Labyrinth shows us the worst of the human condition. And how we might still redeem ourselves *without* justifying the slaughter of innocents. Wow! I would put it on the level of the allegorical "Wicked" (book, not play) as a modern myth that really tells us something about the human condition in the 21st century.

See it!

Amma - Unsubscribed , posted 02/19/07
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Pan's Labrynth
This is an absolutely amazing movie - so amazing that it has been banned in Malaysia (for excessive violence)! And while the movie is in Spanish (with English subtitles), it is well worth the every cent of your ticket price! I saw it at the Ragtag cinema in Columbia, and throuroughly enjoied it. I think one of my favorite parts is when the faun gives the little girl a mandrake to help heal her mother; but when he gives it to her he says "Here's the little plant who dreamed it was once a man..." - Magickal!!! - Raven Emrys , posted 02/15/07
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Bad
I wanted to like it, but there was just nothing to like. It was pretty, but not that pretty. Watch "Mirrormask" if you want to see pretty. The characters were so shallow I almost laughed when the 11 year old got shot. Mindless. - Paynie , posted 02/07/07
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loved it, if not just for the fact that i've always thought insects really are fairies. ; ) - mmgood , posted 02/07/07
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Not for You if you live in a Disney World
I saw the movie on opening night in SF. I agree, it is not for kids. Then again Fairy Tales were orginally for adults.

Something very interesting about this movie. I know many people who hate this move. Why? It was not a Disney style movie and did not have a happy ending.

Like all Fairy Tale this one has a moral. Our finest hour is not with glitter and gold like winning the Super Bowl. For some of us it is how we deal with tragety and tyranny.

Cross the Sidhe 3.1 - , posted 02/07/07
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Most magical fim of the decade??? Not!
I agree that ads and title are misleading; for one I agree that title should be The Faun's Labyrinth and two, much more of the movie is spent on the gruesome details of this reality than in the fantasy world. Movie is very violent and in a gratuitous way (did we need to see him stitch himself up? for one), there are also many loose ends... the statue is never explained, the quest she is sent on is stupid and does not connect in a real way etc... I was very disappointed. - Unsubscribed , posted 02/07/07
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THE MOVIE WAS GREAT!!!!
BUT DID NOT UNDERSTAND IT FOR I DO NOT SPEEK SPANISH SO DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL THAY WHERE SAYING BUT STILL A GREAT MOVIE I LOVE HORROR MOVIES AN MOVIE'S THAT HAVE ALOT OF KILLING IN THEM!!!! I JUST WISH I KNOW WHAT THE HELL THAY WHERE SAYING. IF IT WAS IN ENGLISH IT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER!!! FOR THIS IS A ENGLISH SPEEKING CONTRY AN NOT ALL OF US WANT TO LEARN SPANISH I RATHER LEARN JAPANESSE IT IS WAY MORE SEXYER SORRY !!! - Unsubscribed , posted 02/07/07
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i have seen it 3 times now.
this film is just amazing. i had ear plugs in last night and just watched the film it was totaly amazing. this one is one i will buy 4 copies of for sure!
burtal for no reason look at the world today .

IF YOU GAVE THIS MOVE ANYTHING BELOW A 5 YOU SHOULD HAVE NOT GONE OT SEE IT IN THE FIRST PLACE IT SEEMS PEOPLES MINDS ARE NOT MADE TO UNDERSTAND SOMETHINGS. I AM SORRY IT WAS NOT SOME SOAP OPREA DRAMA MEL GIBSON MOVIE.

IT WAS TOTAL ART IN ALL FORMS. ONE OF THE BEST FILMS IN 5 YEARS AND THAT NUMBER IS ONLY AT 3 THAT WAS A TOTAL AMAZING PRODUCTION.

LORD OF THE RINGS
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PAN'S LABYRINTH

THE REST HAS BEEN JUST JUNK HIT OR MISS FOR MOVIES.


and LEAVE CHRIST OUT OF THIS. STOP PLAYING EVERY THING AROUND CHRISTAINTY.

THERE IS A GREATER SPIRIT. I AM CHEROKEE AND I AM SO SICK OF HEARING HOW OTHER PEOPLE HAVE TO TARNISH THE REALITY THE THE BIBLE IS JUST ANOTHER BOOK LIKE AND OTHER. JUST LOOK AT HOW MANY TIMES THE CHURCH HAS SPPLIT AND DIFFERENT GROUPS WERE FORMED AROUND ONE STORY TELLING BOOK. - Unsubscribed , posted 02/19/07
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The Fountain tried.. Pan's Labyrinth Delivers
This is a film to be experienced. Truly a multi-layered depiction of the violence of our world (brilliantly acted by the male lead) with the simultaneous existance of another reality. Forget everything people say and write about details. Just go and immerse yourself in the story and film making brilliance. - Pak Hanafi , posted 02/03/07
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Brilliant Violence...bloody perfect, I could watch this 100 times.
Now this is a movie people!!!!!!! The story was pretty good but the violence was perfect, better than Apocalypto or Scarface (HEHEHEHEH!!!) This is the kind of movie we all need right now, to get our cathartic release. We live in a violent world, we need to rejoice in violence just to remind us of who we really are!! Six Stars! - Unsubscribed , posted 02/02/07
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well done. loved every minute.
i disagree with the prior reviews painting the film as "violence with no purpose". the film is very dark, and should not be represented as a light and airy thing at all. the brutality of the spansih civil war provided the impetus for the depth and richness of the fantasy world the heroine child finds herself. i thouroughly enjoyed it. best six bucks i've spent on a movie in a long time. neener neener. - it's warpup, damnit. , posted 02/02/07
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I loved it
I wasn't sure what to expect when I went to see the film. I ended up loving what i saw. I thought the whole story was great and I plan on purchasing the movie when it comes out on DVD. As for the movie being given the "adult fairy tale" tag, it might give some people the wrong impression. This movie is in no way a "Disney fairy tale" and I would not recommending small children seeing this movie. - Wendy , posted 02/01/07
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brutal for no reason
I really wanted to love it. I was hoping for something beautiful. It was brutal and had no purpose. Where is the story, lesson, meaning? None of the characters were developed, except for the General. I thought it was violent masturbation. - Unsubscribed , posted 02/01/07
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it took my breath away
I went to the movie with no expectations. I had surfed the web the day before and the Trailer cuahgt my eye. I took my husband and my daughter. We were all at the edge of our seats. I loved how the story flowed from one instance to another. I also loved the fact that the fairy tale part showed that even fairy tales can be dark, and that reality can reflect it. I liked the Life and Death ratio. It had that charm of a Grimm tale. When it comes out to own on DVD. I plan on adding it to my collection.........This movie is a must see for those who love forgien films, and those who love dark fairy tales. - Unsubscribed , posted 02/01/07
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It is what it is, not what you wanted it to be
Amazing film. I find the complaints regarding how the film was marketed to be mystifying. It's like they went to the movie and instead of seeing the wonderful movie in front of them they saw a movie that wasn't the movie they'd created in their minds. Well, fantasy doesn't always work out the way we expect does it?
For me the best part of this film was that it weaved fantasy and reality into the story in beautiful and wholly plausible ways. The violence was motivated and necessary for the story to carry the impact that it did. Choices were not obvious. At times ambiguous and then equally stark in world view it used each perspective to teach and inform the story to its end. To me a great film defies my expectations, smashes the visions I have of what will happen and then reforms a new story out of itself creating a jewel more precious than the rhinestone I imagined. - Peter , posted 02/01/07
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Violence just for the hell of it.
First and foremost, the American title of this movie just isn't right. There is nothing of the Pan myth here. Not every horned satyr or faun is Pan. And like the medieval Christian church who appropriated the image for their version of Satan, it's given old Pan more ill-deserved bad press. The Pan story is beautiful to me, not dark or evil. Secondly, I'm never impressed by violence that seems presented just for the sake of itself. To me it's purpose is to let teen-age boys take their girlfriends for a gross-out fest on movie night. I don't enjoy sitting in a theater thinking "they're not really going to go there with this or that only to have myself disgusted by some unnecessary gore. Sure, that period of Spanish history was dark and horrible, but I don't have to watch something gory to understand that it existed. - Unsubscribed , posted 02/01/07
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Movie quality good overall, but advertising is misleading
I was expecting more fantasy, more dreamy, more positive.. what you get is a very dark movie based mostly in the real world surrounded by the brutality of the Franco Revolution in Spain.

As far as the overall movie quality I'd give it a 3.5 - 4... but I knock it big time for being misleading in its ad campaign. I kept hoping for a payoff that never came... - ~C3L7IC~ , posted 02/01/07
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Good, not great.
I still like Chronos the best and even Hellboy was better....this is no masterpiece but it's worth a rental. I was put off by obvious design flaws in the story, and the two dimensional nature of the antagonist in the "real world" made the fantasy world less believeable. The violence was excessive, only serving to flatten the intended vision and boot the viewer out of suspended disbelief. I have no idea why this is such an acclaimed movie, other than faries are the new black. - Zinga , posted 02/01/07
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The bell tolls for whom?
An interesting tale made more intriguing by the inclusion of imagery that leans heavily on Jungian archetypes, neurophysiological phenomena and classic Near Death sensory elements.
Ofelia presents behavior not unlike textbook dissociative episodes, and in light of her environment one can easily understand her need to escape the confines of her reality. Common elements of her surroundings become fantastic places and beings that promise relief from the ravages of abuse and tragedy.
Guillermo del Toro has woven elements of the human condition together in a masterful tapestry as tribute to suffering, denial and the minds ability to cope with extraordinary circumstance. In the tradition of the Brothers Grimm, Pan’s Labyrinth transforms the audience from passive viewers into transfixed participants. The only problem I see here is that it is entirely too short.

I’d like to discuss this film over dinner with Hemingway, Jung and Ramachandran.

Ask not for whom this bell tolls, it tolls for thee. - Jai जय ૐ , posted 02/01/07
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the pan
eh.

i could go on but ...well, you know. - Spirit , posted 02/01/07
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overhyped...again
a lot of build up for a lot of nothing.
i was hoping la fauna was going to
trick the girl into some terrible shit
considering how ominous he seemed,
but nooooooooo.

full of cirque de soleil pretention, a brothers grimm nemesis
and a crappy semi happy ending. felt very... unfinished/rushed.
if your gonna be hard core, be consistent.
- Unsubscribed , posted 02/01/07
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Pan's Lab
It wasn't what I expected and I still loved it. A little too violent, definitely. I think Pan's and The Fountain were the two best movies of '06. - Skip , posted 02/01/07
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A little lacking...
Very well done, but I was a bit disappointed by the lack of development of the fantasy world. When I see a movie like this, I want to escape. This movie almost could have been effective without the fantasy world. I understand the artistic significance and the effect that leaves us wondering if the world was real or not, but I wish that I could believe that world still existed, once the movie was over, like the Dark Crystal or something. - Arella , posted 02/01/07
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real world fairy tale
but you should probably know something about modern Spanish history and something about the Franco regime. the interleaving of the two world makes for a compelling story. - chris , posted 02/01/07
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disappointed
Too graphically, up-close-and-personally violent for me - it spoiled the story, which would have otherwise been a delight. - drusilla , posted 02/01/07
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well-done, beautiful, stunning piece of shit
too gross, too gratuitous, and didn't amount to saying hardly a damn thing. very well shot, beautifully acted, and the creatures are wondrous! - , posted 01/31/07
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that was a vary cool movie!!! id see it again:) - Ed , posted 01/31/07
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Fine Film
A movie that stays with you for a very long time. Probably my favorite in the last 10 years! - Heather , posted 01/29/07
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see it
this movie was a thought provoking take on a journey into the possiblities of reality and also a nice take on right of passage... - angelicfiend , posted 01/29/07
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Amazing film
One of my favorite movies of the last couple years. Well worth seeing on the big screen! - onlineTrilo , posted 01/27/07
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Pan's Labyrinth not all it could have been
The sinister gorgeousness of the fantasy realm created in this film is soiled by the uninteresting violence of the historical setting. - Geofre , posted 01/27/07
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A great new movie
Must see! A film that takes place near the end of the Spanish Civil War, as the fascists took over seen in the eyes of a young girl. Full of fantasy and historical fiction. - Everic Turtle , posted 01/24/07
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Excellent film
When I had originally seen the posters for this film, I had expectations of it being like "Never Ending Story", "Labyrinth" (the one with David Bowie) or "Dark Crystal". It has some of those qualities, but from the very beginning I was very curious, because along side the "childrens" story was also a very adult story set in Franco's fascist Spain. As the movie progressed I was wondering just how these two stories intertwined. When it did, the movie resolveded into a powerful cohesive whole delivering a poignant message without stooping to the sickly sweet trite of "moralizing" Hollywood movies. Rather this is a tale, a moral, told in the manner fables used to be told, as a story with warts and all, gruesome, where monsters are terrifying and not humorous fluff.

This film rates as one of my all time favourites. Go see it, but DON'T take the kids. - Leo , posted 01/21/07
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Pan's Labyrinth
www.panslabyrinth.com/

Just went to see Pan's Labyrinth, El Laberinto Del Fauno. read about it in TIME magazine, and then my sis called me about it later that day, so we decided we better go see it. Its advertised as an ADULT FAIRYTALE, and im thinking, yeah right, its not gonna live up to my expectations...but i was VERY plesantly suprised :) its more graffic than some horror flicks ive seen, and one of the best fairytale stories i've heard/seen in a long time...if you wear glasses, be sure to bring em, Its in Spanish w/Subtitles.

www.panslabyrinth.com/ - estrellasoul , posted 01/21/07
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