Pan’s Labyrinth is a fairy tail set in fascist Spain in 1944.
This entertaining story earns a 7.
A young girl accompanies her mother to a Spanish army compound in the country to be with the captain whose child the mother is carrying. The captain is not such a nice person and the girl wanders off to discover a stone labyrinth and some magical creatures that send her on three quests in order to obtain her birthright. The characters were believable, and I felt sympathetic to the girl’s situation.
The story was touching and blended the “real world” story of soldiers, guerillas and her mother’s pregnancy with the fantasy world of fairies, fauns and other exotic creatures. It was not a suspenseful movie but was quite pleasant.
The movie is written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, director of Hell Boy, Blade II, Mimic and Cronos. The cinematography was well done. It is in Spanish with subtitles.
~Elric the Damned