August 19, 2007

Innocence Has A Power Evil Cannot Imagine

Posted in Fantasy, Foreign Language, Horror, Movies, Suspense at 8:15 pm by inflickted

Pan’s LabyrinthI shouldn’t even be reviewing this movie. It would be too easy. I should just give it a perfect score right here, right now and just save you guys the time and effort you’ll have to put in to read the review. But I loved this movie so much, to not give it a proper review would be a complete insult to the movie, the director and my overall love for Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). The best film for 2006!

If you think about it, fairy tales have always been pretty brutal. Many of the original stories such as Red Riding Hood (the woodsman cutting open the wolf), Hansel and Gretel (cooking the witch), and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (jealousy and death by poison) were terrifying and gory tales. They were meant not to advise children of how to behave, but scare them into behaving as prescribed. The film is a dark and violent homage to those stories of old. However, this moral is reversed instead warning adults to avoid the pitfalls of greed, malice and vengeance. What is remarkable about the movie is how effortlessly it captures a feeling of youthful innocence without relinquishing one ounce of horror.

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