So Rommel and I caught Pan’s Labyrinth last night from the comfort from
the couch. Overall, enjoyed the film but the buzz and marketing
campaign are obscenely overstating the ‘Pan’. if anything the film
should have been called “El Resistance” or “Spanish Freedom Fighters” as
its more about a fading WWII-era Spain than about fairies and magic.
Its got that too, and its beautiful and interesting… But 1. Don’t
mistake the “labyrinth” in the title for the David Bowie masterpiece and
2. Don’t expect too much. You’ll get glimpses and wonder, “wow, what if
guillermo made a full-fledged fairy tale, wouldn’t that be awesome?”
I’d say overrated but an enjoyable flick. One problem I have with it
is… Why does everyone shoot dead people? They kill a bunch of rebels,
and then run around dumping rounds into their corpses. No wonder the
movement lost ground.
7 thoughts on “Seanpan’s Labyrinth”
While I am in no way an advocate of watching films at home for the first time…i am a little amazed at how we may be in agreement about a film for the first time in a while.
I think you misunderstood this—I just wanted to say “Seanpan” instead of “Pan” but it ain’t Bake’s review.
bootleg off street or advanced copy?
Oh..okay – well, then, let me just say this then, Eros…
While I am in no way an advocate of watching films at home for the first time…i am a little amazed at how we may be in agreement about a film for the first time in a while!!
More often than not, I’m finding myself with quality screeners than street bootlegs. It’s like renting the DVD, yeehah!
And Cybergosh, weren’t we just in sync for Casino Royale? It hasn’t been THAT long, considering neither of us have seen many movies lately.
commenting from cell. Saw this at the arclight and found it to be extraordinary. The level of violence is absolutely necessary early on, to disorient the audience, make them feel unsafe, etc.. but as it went on I found this same violence gratuitous and bordering on laughable, which took me OUT of the moment. Overall gorgeous and rich. Really more about Franco’s Spain and the need to escape it than anything else. Oscar worthy for sure but took its extremities to the point of ridiculousness in my opinion.
Forgot to mention – speaking of oscars, it should take home best sound design. From the flutter of fairies to the crinkling of leather on the Spanish Captain’s jacket, the sound was amazing.
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