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Mar. 9th, 2007

09:20 pm - Pan's Labyrinth

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This movie was described to me as bloody, and brutal with a lot of squicky scenes.

I guess you can say all those things. But I found it to be profoundly sad and beautiful all at the same time. I thought that was more important than any blood, brutality or squick. Even though the movie has plenty of all of those things. All of those elements, along with elements of fantasy and a child's view of the world. They are woven together masterfully to create a vivid and emotionally moving story.

It's not something I think anybody in Hollywood could ever have managed to make.

The movie also draws some really interesting parallels in various spots. One example: The doctor at one points says that he cannot follow orders without question. The child also balks at following orders she disagrees with without question.

If I thought more I think I could come up with other interesting points. There are definite themes that run through the movie and crop up subtly in many different situations. It doesn't hit you over the head like a hammer, and I bet I didn't even notice most of them. But they're there, and even subliminally help tie the story up within itself and make it better.

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Date:March 10th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
I saw it opening night at the Uptown, and Doug Jones was there to introduce the film and speak afterwards. He really gave us the impression that this was a great film and he was right.

After it won the first two Oscars I thought it was a lock to take best foreign language. Too bad, if it had Neil Gaiman would be guaranteed to write and direct a film.
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Date:March 10th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)

It's a Grimm fairy tale, done on a truly grand scale. Every good fairy tale has a moral (or two or three). One of the morals in Pan's Labyrinth was that blind obedience can be every bit as evil as dictatorship, they ran that theme over and over again. It also had lessons about the power of choice and the value of courage. "You won't be the first pig I gutted!"

I hope they make many many more.
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Date:March 10th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)

The woman who was running his house really bothered me towards the end though. She didn't kill the guy when she had the chance. There was no good reason not to, moral or otherwise. She should've. Especially after telling him the thing that would really get to her, which was him hurting the little girl.

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Date:March 12th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
My dad went to see this a couple weeks ago when it came out with my little brother (13) and my mom. He walked out with them 20 minutes into the show because he said it was hard to follow and too violent for my brother. I think if he would have given it a chance he would have liked it. I am definitely going to see it though. After reading your little bit I have renewed my interest in it. I usually take my dad's word for things but this was surprising for him to say he didn't finish watching a movie. Of course, he liked Bridge to Terabithia and I hated it because I thought they dwelled too much on the negative and didn't do enough with the fantasy part of it. The book was far better than the movie.
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Date:March 13th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
I also really loved it. In my experience good fantasy movies are rare, especially right now when the industry is trying to capitalize on LoTR and Harry Potter by turning every fantasy book in sight into a movie. Pan's Labyrinth just amazed me because it fit together so well. Nothing felt out of place at all, the story drew me in, and it was visually incredible. Guillermo del Toro has shown he has an amazing fantastical imagination.
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