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Movie review: Pan’s Labyrinth
July 29, 2008, 1:00 am
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I’m a little behind in posting movie reviews. I’ve only posted two, and Christian and I have watched at least five moviessince I posted my review of Chariots of Fire.

Our Netflix queue has a lot of different kind of movies on it, so we’re trying to vary it up. Since Lars and the Real Girl was an Indie comedy/romance and Chariots of Fire was historical, we opted to watch Pan’s Labyrinth next.

Christian had never seen it, and I’d seen only the first 15 minutes or so while flying home from Germany last summer (before I conked out).

It was a lot different than I expected, even having seen part of it.

I was under the impression that it was a fantasy film, and I thought it was about a little girl who gets sent to do adventuresome quests in order to escape her new life with a really mean stepdad.

It was kind of about that, but it was more about the violence in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. And the quests Ophelia gets sent on are mostly terrifying. I’m not going to spoil anything, but let’s just say there’s this one monster who puts his eyeballs in the palms of his hands and holds them up to his face in order to see. Now you know what I mean.

Basically, Pan’s Labyrinth is about a little girl named Ophelia who goes with her pregnant mom to live with this guy who was (I think) a general in the war. He is rude, arrogant and has no problem shooting people point-blank. He doesn’t like Ophelia, and he doesn’t really care about his wife – only about the son he’s sure she’s going to have.

Ophelia is a dreamer, so she wanders off and meets a faun named Pan, who sends her to do some quests so she can prove she is a princess in another world.

Sounds harmless enough, but more of the story takes place in reality than in fantasy. The movie was incredibly violent and really bloody (Note: We did not realize it was rated R before we watched it). A lot of people get killed, some get tortured, and Mean Stepdad (I can’t remember his name. This is why I am not a professional movie reviewer.) gets his cheek cut open.

So I really can’t recommend it. It was a weird movie with violence that I’m sure was historical but also at times seemed gratuitous. Oh, and it’s all in Spanish with subtitles, so if that would affect your choosing to watch this movie, there ya go.

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