Monday, February 19, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth

How is it that this movie has been out in theaters since December and I had not heard anyone talk about it till last Sunday? My friend told me over lunch about it and she said to walk in and just soak it in without doing any research.

I did just that and it was good that curiosity did not get better of me. The film has two strikes against it: The main character is played by a child actress and the screenplay by Guillermo del Toro who did Hellboy which I thought was plain goofy. I would have passed had I known.

I am usually put off by child actors because they tend to go overboard on either cuteness or precociousness. But the little girl who played "Ofelia" was virtually flawless in this movie which I will only characterize as an "adult fairy tale" with depth and meaning told through the eyes of an innocent young girl.

The story has left me stunned, numb, and sad, but hopeful and renewed all at the same time. That is all I will say about it because any more from my big mouth (or keyboard) will only ruin what I promise to be a very enriching cinema experience for you. Two thumbs up.

14 Comments:

At February 19, 2007 7:49 AM, Blogger Susanna said...

ooh, interesting. I hadn't heard of it either. You've really intrigued me with this review. Now maybe I'll have to go see it.

Do you plan to see Amazing Grace? I think it will be really interesting. William Wilberforce is one of my heroes.

 
At February 19, 2007 2:11 PM, Blogger ❉ pixie ❉ said...

How about the fact that it's all in Spanish?

 
At February 19, 2007 4:02 PM, Blogger San Nakji said...

Did someone say Hellboy? I am hanging out for part 2!

 
At February 19, 2007 4:08 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

Susanna - Yes, I want to see that one, but for some reason, I am not very optimistic about it.

pixie - I did not want to give that one away either because it caught me by surprise.

san nakji - You gotta me kidding me.

 
At February 21, 2007 12:43 PM, Blogger San Nakji said...

Nope. It was AWESOME!

 
At February 21, 2007 6:22 PM, Blogger Miss Cellania said...

You didn't hear much about it, because the early reviews said it was awful. Studios don't promote movies unless its a sure moneymaker, because promotion often costs more than the movie cost to make.

 
At February 22, 2007 2:21 AM, Blogger Brian Buriff said...

Hummm...I haven't heard of the movie. Thankyou for the heads up. Also, thankyou for not saying too much. I find that the lower my expectations going into a flick, the better the movie is. How was the popcorn?

 
At February 25, 2007 9:27 AM, Blogger SUPER said...

I haven't heard of it at all. My little town has a theatre with only 1 movie at a time. We are pretty behind unfortunately.

 
At March 01, 2007 2:16 PM, Blogger rubyslipperlady said...

I had not heard good reviews and don't mind subtitles at all so maybe now I'll take a peak. hmmm.

It was up for oscars which is why you might have started to hear about it.

 
At March 02, 2007 5:57 PM, Blogger Gary Means said...

I've heard consistently good reviews of Pan's Labyrinth. It's received favorable mentions on my favorite film podcast, http://www.sceneunseenpodcast.com/, even though they haven't done a full review on it yet.

The movie received a very strong 96% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (out of 186 reviews).

Pan's Labyrinth has made $32,356,624 so far. The receipts for the first week were not strong, but it only opened on 17 screens in the United States. (573 screens in the rest of the world.) Considering that the production budget was €13,500,000, they've clearly made a nice profit. The fact that it won Oscars for cinematography, art direction, and makeup will assure strong DVD sales. It also won 33 other awards and 53 nominations around the world. It received 22 minutes of applause at the Cannes Film Festival even though it didn't win any awards there.

I've wanted to see it since I was the trailer last fall, but haven't made it to the theater. I just checked and it's still playing in my area. I need to go see it. Thanks for the reminder.

 
At March 02, 2007 9:30 PM, Blogger Gary Means said...

sorry, I got carried away. I had a movie-geek attack.

 
At March 03, 2007 2:51 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

Huh? Carried away?

Did you get around to see it yet?

Ruby, most reviews I have seen are pretty positive. I just don't see what there is to dislike about it.

 
At March 10, 2007 9:56 PM, Blogger Bygbaby said...

This is Pan's Labyrinth was my favorite movie this year until I saw 300 yesterday. I was very happy when PL won Oscars & I was so hoping that it would get the best foreign language film. Ofelia was brilliant! I cannot wait for this to be released for DVD.

 
At March 15, 2007 7:55 PM, Blogger Robert said...

hey david- i saw pans labrynth a few weeks ago thought it was greattoo. That girl was awesome had such innocence in her i really liked the storyline also was able to endure the subtitles glad you liked it go see 300 AWESOME!!!

 

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