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Bala, 28, Gordon Gekko in the making, pseudo-intellectual, cynic, bibliophile, obsessive compulsive ranter...

Pan's Labyrinth

February 26, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth is by far the coolest movie i have seen in a year. Even cooler than serenity (thats hard coming from a scifi and joss whedon afficianado)or The inside man or Children of men or Dead man's chest. It accomplishes what Brothers Grimm tried and failed to do - tell a fairy tale to adults. It is easy to mistake this film as a kiddie film - maybe it is, but there are loads of graphic violence (it was as if guillermo del toro was channeling Tarantino in some of the gory scenes)and is sure to make some kids run out screaming.

My friend (and guide when it comes to movies) quipped that Del Toro has an imagination as quirky as Tim Burton's. Thinking of it, del toro does appear to be a worthy successor to Burton. Pan's Labyrinth (Laberinto del Fauno, El) is a spanish language film (i watched the version with english subtitles) with excellent visual imagery and great story telling. The main plot is a simple accomplish-the-tasks-and-get-the-reward story arc with subtle sub plots set in (Spanish civil war, evil stepfather etc etc). The guy who plays Captain Vidal steals the show with his menacing presence (wikipedia says he is knowwn in spain for his comedy!) and Ivano Baquero (as Ofelia) literally steals the show with her understated performance. This girl will go far.

If you like offbeat quirky movies, then Pan's Labyrinth is the one for you to see. Trust me you wont be disappointed.

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posted by Bala, 8:26 PM

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V and I saw the movie on a frigid Sunday night in Chicago (super bowl Sunday). We loved it.

Nice to know of the availability of Pan's Labyrinth in Madurai (or is it a result of your broadband magic?)
commented by Anonymous man, 6:50 AM  
man,

pan's labyrinth in madurai?. the only (non dubbed) english movies that make it here are screened in "thanga regal ". (our version of parangimalai jothi / thiruvanmiyur ganapathiram).

All glory to gnutella!!
commented by Blogger Bala, 7:58 AM  

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