Movie Review: Pan's Labyrinth

At the End of the Maze

I recently discovered that my VGA card on the PC has the ability to produce another desktop on another screen, namely the TV. So I bought some cables (stupid thing cost me 30 DHS) and plugged them in… and viola! I got myself a nice movie theater. Bye bye stupid DVD player which can’t render all movies correctly.To honor my victory over the DVD player, I watched Pan’s Labyrinth, and I gotta say that this is one damn good movie.

The story speaks of a little girl and her mother moving in with the stepfather, who is a strict general and is currently trying to hold off a group of rogues. The girl sees a fairy, and, as you would expect, everything goes crazy. I don’t wanna spoil the beautifully creative movie (and I mean creative), but it brings up a number of interesting points, specifically, how a person deals with the surroundings by going to a place beyond the normal, mentally (a place I call LaLa Land).

When a person undergoes severe stress, and can’t resolve it, they try to escape it. You may call them schizos, but the movie doesn’t speak of schizos per se (although there is one scene where you get the impression otherwise) but rather of the concept of a “better place” than the one you are in.

Strangely, this “better place” also has its downfall, its demons and whatnot, and it is up to you to decide if you want to stay in LaLa Land or in reality.

I love the movie. Get it.

  • Kinan

    LaLa Land sucks!

    Anything that is not your reality is merely a mirage that will bring the end of you.

    Stop running away you chicken and face your reality!

    BE A MAN :-p

  • Kinan

    LaLa Land sucks! Anything that is not your reality is merely a mirage that will bring the end of you. Stop running away you chicken and face your reality! BE A MAN :-p

  • Reel Fanatic

    I’m definitely with you on this one … I was just blown away by the care with which del Toro constructed both of Ofelia’s worlds … this just beat out Cuaron’s Children of Men for the best movie of 2006

  • Reel Fanatic

    I’m definitely with you on this one … I was just blown away by the care with which del Toro constructed both of Ofelia’s worlds … this just beat out Cuaron’s Children of Men for the best movie of 2006

  • KJ

    Kinan – you suck! You are just too much of a realist for your own good! And I thought you liked LOTR!

    Reel Fanatic – hey there! I was amazed as well… truly awesome movie and they captured both worlds perfectly.. kept you emotionally charged on both stories!

  • KJ

    Kinan – you suck! You are just too much of a realist for your own good! And I thought you liked LOTR!Reel Fanatic – hey there! I was amazed as well… truly awesome movie and they captured both worlds perfectly.. kept you emotionally charged on both stories!

  • Hamza

    I am very happy that you liked it. It’s really one of those rare touching good movies. I am one of those who regularly visits his own “La La” land and I enjoy every bit of it. I enjoy its beauty as well as the demons I face.

    this is what keeps me pushing. :D

  • Hamza

    I am very happy that you liked it. It’s really one of those rare touching good movies. I am one of those who regularly visits his own “La La” land and I enjoy every bit of it. I enjoy its beauty as well as the demons I face.this is what keeps me pushing. :D

  • Sene

    I have watched the movie. Really a very beautiful movie! Very touching!

  • Sene

    I have watched the movie. Really a very beautiful movie! Very touching!

  • LORD.M.M

    YET I DIDNT WATCH IT ..BUT I LIKE THIS TYPE OF MOVIES ..I’LL MAKE SURE
    I GET IT ..LALA LAND IS GREAT ..
    AND WE ALL NEED ONE ..

    HAVE NICE DAY !

  • LORD.M.M

    YET I DIDNT WATCH IT ..BUT I LIKE THIS TYPE OF MOVIES ..I’LL MAKE SURE I GET IT ..LALA LAND IS GREAT ..AND WE ALL NEED ONE ..HAVE NICE DAY !

  • KJ

    Lord M.M.!!!! You have violated the rule of commenting! You used all caps! Now for your punishment!

    *pees in mouth*

  • KJ

    Lord M.M.!!!! You have violated the rule of commenting! You used all caps! Now for your punishment!*pees in mouth*

  • Elijah

    I want to go to La La Land :(

  • Elijah

    I want to go to La La Land :(

  • KJ

    Elijah – NO! I FORBID YOU! DO NOT COME AND RUIN IT FOR ME!

  • KJ

    Elijah – NO! I FORBID YOU! DO NOT COME AND RUIN IT FOR ME!

  • LOST in Dubai

    i did watch the movie as well and i think it’s great, i didn’t like the director on his older movies (Hellboy, Blade2), but this one was so different.
    and about the little girl(ofelia) and her downfall in the so called Lala land, u can consider it as a tasks she had to face till she get’s to her real goal…
    and i think she kind of won afterall
    btw the OST of the movie was amazing

  • LOST in Dubai

    i did watch the movie as well and i think it’s great, i didn’t like the director on his older movies (Hellboy, Blade2), but this one was so different.and about the little girl(ofelia) and her downfall in the so called Lala land, u can consider it as a tasks she had to face till she get’s to her real goal…and i think she kind of won afterallbtw the OST of the movie was amazing