literary_equine (literary_equine) wrote,
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Pan's Labyrinth: Movie Review


Got to see Pan's Labyrinth last night and I'm still in shock.

Wow. How do I explain this?

First, I was stunned how much of the Spanish came back to me. I still needed the subtitles, but there were times I knew what they were saying without them and this was Spanish with a Castilian accent.

The movie leaves you exhausted. The monsters that 11-year-old Ofelia meets is nothing to the human monsters she has to endure. At least The Pale Man (played by the same actor who played The Faun) will just kill you outright. The Captain, scouring the hills for revolutionaries during Spain's Civil War in 1939 is capable of much, much worse.

Not for the kiddies, not at all.

Be prepared for extreme violence and gore, not a lot, but when it comes, you'll wince.

By the bye, at the official website you can not only listen to the entire soundtrack, but also download the script. The script you can read is not the final script. The ending with the Captain is significantly different as well as a good chunk of the dialogue, but it's close enough to give you a good idea of the film.

They also have an art contest going on. Spread the word.

Part of me wants to own it when it comes out on DVD. Another part of me doesn't want to.
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