Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

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Rating (1-5):photo of Kid Reviewer Donut Rating

Reviewed by Nick
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Film Details
Starring: Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi López, Ariadna Gil, Maribel Verdú, Álex Angulo, Roger Casamajor

Genre: Drama/Fantasy

Summary: ***WARNING: This movie is not for young kids, even though the trailer might seem so. It is an unexpected and original mixture of adult conflict and kid fairy tales.

What I liked: Pan’s Labyrinth is a serious story of a Fascist army versus rebels fighting for their freedom, while at the same time an outstanding story of a young girl’s journey through a wondrous fairy tale. The plot was flawless and the characters are all unforgettable. There’s a perfectly ruthless bad guy, and a horrifying monster that could give a kid nightmares. I can’t classify one person as the hero/heroine, but the lead girl was brave, innocent, and creative.

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Didn’t like: The only thing stopping me from giving this a five is some unnecessary images that definitely could have been left out: sawing a leg, a brutal and graphic murder. Then there’s the fact that the entire movie is in subtitles; you have to read it.

>>Dad: “Mixes a harsh story of war with child’s fantasy; dainty fairies alongside torture and inhumane treatment. It was beautiful, but I kept thinking “who did they make this for?”


Filed under: Movie Reviews | Posted on June 26th, 2007 by Nick


4 Responses to “Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)”

  1. Bush Mackel Says:

    Even though I more or less agree with your overall rating (I’d give it a 4.5 personally), I really disagree or rather, I’m unsatisfied with your break down of the movie.

    I think for a movie as original and creative as this, you could’ve gone into a lot more detail about the summary, what you liked and what you didn’t like, (even though it does seem you like to keep things brief). I also don’t think it’s right to classify subtitles as a dislike.

    But yeah, I’m glad I found your page again and I hope you’re doing well!

  2. Nick Says:

    I think most 13 year olds would prefer to keep their eyes on the photography, rather than spend half the time reading. It’s not a big deal, but thought I would let my readers know.

    Yes, I do tend to keep the reviews brief and focus on my overall reaction. I also worry about giving too much away. Some reviews and trailers tell you half the stuff that happens, and I would rather you see it all unfold as intended. However, I will think of a few more things I really liked about it, and add to the review. Thank you for your honest feedback.


  3. Bush Mackel Says:

    No problem! Keep up the good work!

  4. nick plowman Says:

    Great review, I loved this film so much. Thanks for the comment on my site.

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