Monday, January 22, 2007
Pan's Labyrinth is a simply beautiful fable. From the perfect casting and costuming to the ravishing visuals, delicious art direction and tasteful special effects, this is a film that's not to be missed. Writer/director Guillermo del Toro is a magnificent storyteller, wedding magical realism with a powerful message that can be extrapolated to fit the world's political stage in a very poignant way.
As a fable, it distills things to their archetypal essence. In one expression, one sentence, we know who each character is--a tribute to the actors (Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez, Ariadna Gil and Maribel Verdu are standouts) and to the director.
The tagline of the film is, "Innocence has a power evil cannot imagine." What a lovely, inspiring, empowering thought. Oh, let that be true! This film will leave you believing that it is.