Spain itself a metaphor for Teet ko? Guillermo Del Toro himself was present to both introduce the movie and to answer questions afterwards. The story is set in northern Spain as the War in the rest of Europe was about to end. This film is definitely not for young children. It should not merely curse, show some blood, and have pretty imagery. Hell, even 21 grams was predictable but so damned good.
A final and obvious point I spose I can't get away without making: the set design, costumes and effects are superb. This is easily the best film I've seen this year, and a must-see on the big screen. I went into this movie with no expectations, except that I'd see a Spanish-language, adult-oriented fantasy film with English subtitles. And all this backed up by the finest cinematography I've seen. And since none of the characters are really focused on, they all just seem to be stereotypes and are hence neither likable nor unlikable despite their too obvious good or bad demeanors.
I can't recall a good, original fantasy film from recent years. The states mother, Ofelia discovers a strange alternate world and a chance to escape for all the pain and uncertainty in everyday life. First lets start with the 20 minute standing ovation this film supposedly got at Cannes. Don't get me wrong this is a good film. For me, it displaced all three of my top films of the year. To speak further about the script will end up in spoilers and that would be pointless since my very purpose writing this review is to encourage people to see it. That or those apparently ecstatic people were drunk.
I suppose that when the noise died down, some of them decide to swing the pendulum back and criticize because its you? There's lots of symbolism, like in an ancient fairy tale, the special effects immaculate, the attention to detail. It's less a fantasy film than a fairy tale. In this dangerous situation, do? Don't let this put you off though, the film really is stunning and brilliantly acted. This is not a film that is breaking new ground. As the two plots progress, they intertwine to become Ophelia tasks elections turn milestone in? Watching it in its' original language is much, much more rewarding even if I had to rely on the subtitles for most of the time. But the cast is just one facet of this gloriously photographed film, with Javier Navarrete's hauntingly simple score weaving itself into the fabric of a film perfectly edited and written.
I would have a greater appreciation for the film if its adult-oriented nature was due to its substance, such as an intellectual, sophisticated and enigmatic storyline. This is the first time I've felt the need to write a review on here. I was perhaps expecting a little more fantasy, but the unique blend of genres is absolutely compelling. The clarity, specially in the night scenes and underground in the faun's lair is impressive. Wow, it sounds like I hated this film! I'm grateful there are still directors who aren't tied down to this new epidemic of including a plot twist simply because they need a plot twist. At one point the film becomes briefly a heaven allegory too. Compared to the Blu-ray's soundtrack, the theater might as well been blaring in mono.
To those that like their Blu-rays to have no grain, the transfer will look perfect and be most satisfying. I am also grateful for them not dubbing it. I mean, we're talking about a real conflict here where many people died. The second - fantasy - is the underground kingdom - or more precisely the promise of such a world - as Ofelia must complete three tasks for the beautifully constructed faun in order to prove her worth of being a part of such a utopia. The violence is graphic and the monsters are scary but it is probably one of the most gorgeous and personal films from a director for a long time! This powerful will be a little over the top. I had unsurmountable expectations for this one, and, alas, they remain unsurmounted. The film is quite long, yet suspense is sustained throughout.
To the point that one doesn't know what's worse, the magical evil creatures she has to face, or the simple evil terror that her fascist stepfather is. The true horror and the meat of the story lies in Falangist Spain with the menacing Captain Vidal, who takes delight in torture - ritually preparing his tool kit and reciting his own speech to demoralise his victims - and who is equally obsessed with the continuation of his bloodline. And yet, too close in years as history. Skipping the plot recap find the briefest synopsis you can if you need to be filled in , I'll go straight to the tech specs. It is not bad; it is just not as great as I thought it would be. This is a very 'visual' film that does not rely overly on dialogue. Synopsis In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army.
There are several ideas in films like? And make no mistake, Capitán Vidal is someone you really don't want to piss off. Dream to magic that havent been seen before. The cinematography however is wonderful and the actor perform well, but the scenario is just too shallow for my taste. To me it was very interesting watching him, as I've know people like him, so let's say I was somewhat desensitized to him and actually relished the excellent performance. There are also few ideas in the film's depiction of the Civil War that can't be read in Satre or Orwell; can't be viewed in Picasso's Guernica; or can't be watched in Land and Freedom. A special mention must go to Sergi Lopez, whose 'Captain Vidal' is indeed one of the most sadistic film creations ever seen. The only real faults I am prepared to allow for this film is a slight tendency particularly at the end for a Narnia-like moralism, and the fact that the faun is, perhaps, is not quite wild enough! If she wishes to return to her real father, Ofelia must complete three terrifying tasks.