Thursday, December 23, 2010

Review: Pan's Labyrinth

I watch movies. A lot. Little on television excites me, except for FRINGE. Ergo, I forsake commercials and go for dvds. My friends all suggested this gem and the art direction alone was enough to hold my attention. I was forewarned of the violence and aptly averted my eyes here and there, though after watching a year and a half of Fringe, I was a bit toughened up. The layers are beautiful and the end, tragically beautiful, like a sad wandering Radiohead song that ends on a hidden high note. The lullaby, the labyrinth, the chalk door, the moss covered statues in the forest...gorgeous. At some points I recalled Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away, especially during the frog sequence and the stone faces. Ever since childhood I've been drawn to media in which children are forced to make adult decisions and fend for themselves. Not that I was forced to do that as a child or anything! Perhaps it's simply because I was an only child and can identify with their independence. At any rate this is a must see.

1 comment:

  1. Ah yes... Pan. "Soy... un fauno."

    Occasionally I'll quietly rank films in my mind. I'll form a list of the movies that left their impression on me the most. This is one of them. I think it would be in first place if such a list existed. Interestingly, my favorite films are ones that I hesitate to watch again. I recall weeping rather often during my first and second screenings of this movie... who would want to experience that again, really? It's a movie that would actually be difficult for me to watch again because I know how ragged it runs my nerves. 'Dogville' is like that for me as well. ...Movies that are so intense that they only require one attentive viewing to change your life.