Wednesday, June 13, 2007

'Pan's Labyrinth' ...

Pa ha! I never paid attenton to the fact that "Pan's Labyrinth" is rated R.

From the trailers, it looked like a dark yet whimsical movie, Tim Burton-meets-C.S. Lewis. OK, maybe darker than Tim Burton, who's really not so dark.

But sheesh. I wasn't prepared for this movie, for the violence.

It's an amazing film, beautiful to look at (if you overlook all the blood), and the story is fascinating, and the effects are cool, but wow. Yeah. Dark.


Blogger Dave said...

I also thought it was impressive, if a touch overrated. Still a high recommendation on my part. However, I think you (Beth) would agree with me that the movie was not marketed very well. The press it got made up for that somewhat, but I know when I first saw the poster for the movie, I also thought it was some whimsical family-friendly fantasy. Er, so not.


9:58 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Oh, for sure. Like I said, from the trailers, it looked darkly whimsical. Another case of misleading trailer: So much of the movie is not what we see in the trailers with the creepy characters. Most of it is chockablock with bad humans.

10:04 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

I ended up actually liking the Spanish Civil War stuff more than the fantasy part.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Mercurie said...

Pan's Labyrinth was my favourite move from last year. I got to see it at the local arthouse (which is 30 miles away) and I was impressed the first time I saw it. Still, the violence can be shocking for those who aren't used to seeing such things.

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Ethan said...

Personally, I thought the violence was "shocking" in that the movie was mis-marketed as a "fairy tale".

IIRC this movie was noted for receiving a 22 minute standing ovation at Cannes. While that seems impressive, Strictly Ballroom got a 15 minute ovation, and it was at best 2-star movie. Methinks they impress easily at Cannes.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Well, hey, it's Cannes. Lots of beautiful people, lots of sun, lots of flashes, lots of champagne. What's not to "ovate" about? : o )

10:17 AM  

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