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Pan's Labyrinth

Discussion in 'Crime Screen Theater' started by PsychoKitty, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. PsychoKitty

    PsychoKitty Queen Bitch From Hell Bold Member!

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    I really love Guillermo del Toro's sweeping style, always dark, ethereal combined with gritty reality, voluptuously beautiful, gothic scenes compete with incredible relics, objects, statuary and artwork that can look ancient to help set the mood. This is the tale set during a time that del Toro truly shines in unwinding elaborate stories: the Spanish Civil War. A time of fascist dictator Franco and his sadistic military heads that lived like kings while treating the peasantry like abused cattle. This tale starts out with a little girl whose mother had hooked up with a sadistic military captain after her father, a simple tailor, has died. Mom is pregnant with the captains child and married to him and together with her daughter is traveling to a mountain keep command station of her husbands maintained to route out the rebels still trying to fight. They stop the motorcade by the by the roadside on the way to the keep as mom is violently ill and already reprimanding the little girl, demanding her call the guy father when they meet as well as being too fanciful. While stopped the girl wanders off and finds an ancient monument statue that the chunk of rock she had already picked up fits into the broken part which was the eye of the representation of some deity. when she puts it rock in it's spot a beautiful praying mantis flied out of the stone pieces mouth and the little girl is delighted she has seen a fairy. It goes on to mix stark reality and brutality with the girls visions and dreams leaving it to the watcher to decide what is real and not.
     
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  2. JackBurton

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    One of the greatest movies of all time. Del Toro is amazing.

    SHape of Water didnt come to any theaters near me, which is infuriating. Cant wait to see it. Appears to be a return to his brilliant early Pans Labrynth and Devils Backbone(his 2nd best) form.
     
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  3. PsychoKitty

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    it was a debate to whether to put Devils Backbone or this up first as they are two of my favorites, my friend says she cant wait for me to see Water
     
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  4. jenthgr8

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    Pan's Labyrinth was a revelation to me. So beautiful and intricate. Del Toro is a god.
     
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  5. Turd Fergusen

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    I was personally not a fan.
     
  6. JackBurton

    JackBurton Well-Known Member Bold Member!

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    Um, what? This doesn't make sense.

    You might as well say, "I personally am not a fan of amazing, brilliant, incredible things that bring joy and awe and glory to my life".
     
  7. SpQa

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    meh... the bad guy is so bad even when he is staring at the mirror while shaving...