Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Film Review: El Laberinto del Fauno



Pan's Labyrinth has to be the worst movie I've ever seen. (OK, actually it's one of the most amazing, but I don't like getting expectations up...) A dark, dark Studio-Ghibli-style romp (think Totoro/Spirited Away) with Alice and Henson intakes, yet no description here will do justice to the sheer beauty - and horror - of it (including the storytelling).

Go see.

3 comments:

James said...

For a minute there I thought someone had agreed with me about this film - but it was just a rhetorical flourish! I seem to be the only person that didn't like Pan's Labyrinth...

Scribe said...

Sorry to get your hopes up, James ;) Naturally, taste in films is always subjective... personally, I have a weakness for dark fairytales, and just found the storytelling balanced nicely, the grim bits just grim enough, and the colours not *too* dark - everything was just right, not undr or overdone.

Be interested to hear why you didn't like it, though.

James said...

I had a few problems. The fantasy elements seemed hackneyed, nothing I hadn't seen before. I don't think the family relationships were properly developed. I also hated the ambiguity at the end - seemed such a cliche - and the shot at the start. I liked a few things a great deal but I just didn't think it held together as a whole. But, judging by the responses from the rest of the world, I seem to be wrong. =)