Set during Christmas in Mexico City, this film a wholly original and unfolds like a fairy tale with classical archetypes (elderly shopkeeper, evil rich man in dark tower) and gallows humor. There are enough layers of religiosity in the movie to call it a parable and enough heart, wit & charm to make it enjoyable on every level. Originally rated R but other than swearing in both English and Spanish this move is fine for ages 10 and up.
(Sidenote: the marketing randomly includes a hot blondes being attacked, which couldn't be further from the truth. Don't remember a single attractive woman on screen.)
I watched it with my egyptian gold scarab
Just a superb film, beautifully shot, expertly weighted, everything worked together perfectly. The only minor quibble I'd have with the film is that the reborn Jesus looked like a septugenarian Thriller extra. Nevertheless, my favourite Del Toro film