Posted on 10/06/12 11:39 PM
I've never been a big fan of fantasy movies, but I really enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy for its spectacular action sequences, present-related themes, and spectacular visual effects. Pan's Labyrinth is no Return of the King, but it is better than The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. I liked Pan's Labyrinth so much because it wasn't just a fantasy film with little fairies and dwarves, but it had something bigger as the main plot of the story: the destruction of a Fascist Spanish regime during the Spanish Civil War; the whole labyrinth story is merely a sub-plot. It basically is about a young girl named Ofelia (Baquero) who must perform certain tasks for a faun to prove she is the next princess of the labyrinth. This subplot I found was a bit too thin, because it basically just featured Ofelia defeating and barely escaping unorthodox creatures who we never even see again after; loose end!
Fortunately, that is my only problem with Labyrinth. It is a big one, but it doesn't compare to the beautiful visual effects, superb dialogue, and acting by Baquero and Lopez, who plays a vicious Fascist Captain with no redeeming qualities. Another aspect of Labyrinth I loved so much is how it starts off, because you really don't know if the child in the scene is a boy or girl, and at the ending, it all makes sense, mainly because both plots mix together so well.
Lastly, the film is no G movie about little fairies helping a little girl get through the difficult times with her sick and pregnant ma. It is pretty gory, but not extremely violent. This is because most of the violence involves blood spraying off of victims who have been shot, usually by the aggressive Captain.
In closing, Pan's Labyrinth is quite good, it was not nominated for the best picture at the Academy Awards, but it was nominated numerously in other categories like in art direction and cinematography, and took home many victories I those categories.