Review: Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)


“Pan’s Labyrinth” is a dark fantasy story. However, this does not mean that is movie is for kids. It is a movie that I think older fantasy fans or older science-fiction fans will enjoy.

“Pan’s Labyrinth” is about a girl named Ofelia. Ofelia is a girl who believes in magic. Ofelia goes on a journey when a magical creature leads her on. She must do three heroic things to fulfill her destiny in the film. One of the things that Ofelia does when she discovers magic is to help her mother who is sick and who is pregnant. She places a mandrake root with milk and with blood underneath her mother’s sick bed to help to heal her. However, Ofelia’s stepfather finds the concoction. He removes the mixture from underneath the bed. As a result of this Ofelia’s mother dies. Luckily, the baby lives. It is a boy.

One of the great things about this movie is the creep-factor in it. There is a shadow of darkness that surrounds the film. Ofelia also faces a dark monster on one of the three quests that she must complete. Ofelia must obey orders during the quest, however, she does not. Due to this the monster awakens and tries to kill Ofelia. The monster is chilling. I give kudos to the art director in charge of this movie who helped to create the monster.

The movie also has another storyline other than the fantasy storyline. The other storyline in this movie is about Ofelia’s stepfather. Ofelia’s stepfather is named Vidal. Vidal is a leader of the communist party in that country. Vidal and his henchmen take over the town that Ofelia lives in. There is a cook who works for Vidal who is a part of the rebellion against the communist party. The woman must hide rebels from Vidal even though she is toe-to-toe with Vidal on a daily basis. While all this goes on Ofelia must try to protect her new baby brother.

And throughout this entire film Ofelia must figure out who is truly good and who is truly evil.

I enjoyed this movie. It is an eerie and a creepy tale. I also like the political aspects of the film. The ending of this movie was memorable which helped me to like this movie. “Pan’s Labyrinth” did not end in the way that I expected it to do so.

All in all, I give this movie a 5-star rating.

Luca Lane

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