Review: Pan’s Labyrinth

I fear foreign films more than Supez dreads kryptonite. Be it Italian, German or French. It doesn’t matter, I’m always afraid of the outcome. But I had to beat that fear, since this movie was unanimously praised by critics and viewers alike (resp. a Metacritic score of 98(!!!) and 84).
And I must say, I’m pleasantly surprised. Most kudos go to the story, a sweeping drama, with subtly fantasy elements. Second, kudos to the eleven year old child star (Ivana Baquero) who plays the most pivotal role in this ensemble drama. All integrated well by director Guillermo del Toro (who previously made the forgettable Hellboy and Mimic), makes this strange (in a good way) movie well worth remembering for quite a while.8.

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