What might seem like a Spanish class essential comes to the big screen in Woodland Theater on this weekend. Fantasy, mythical creatures and drama all come to life in the movie “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
Originally titled “El Laberinto del Fauno,” the story follows a young child named Ofelia (Ivana Banquero). After the Spanish Civil War, Ofelia finds herself a bit out of place as her mother gets ready to have a child with Ofelia’s step-father.
Finding her own source of entertainment, she finds a stone labyrinth, where she meets a mythical faun named Pan (Doug Jones).
Pan convinces her she’s a long lost princess of a mythical land, and Ofelia finds herself intrigued. Before she realizes what she’s getting herself into, Pan traps her and gives her an ultimatum.
In order to return to her old life, Ofelia must go through a series of dangerous tasks. Originally appearing to be a good idea to enter this mystical land, Ofelia must find a way to find her way out of this mess to get back to her family.
“Pan’s Labyrinth”, rated R, was released in December 2006, and directed and written by Guillermo del Toro.
Del Toro has been a part of a slew of top-notch films, including being an executive producer of “Kung Fu Panda,” an executive producer in “Puss in Boots” and producing “Pacific Rim,” according to the Internet Movie Database.
Del Toro’s cast boasts veterans as well, with most of the main cast acting in numerous other films. Banquero starred in films such as “The New Daughter,” and “The Anarchist’s Wife.”
Sergi Lopéz, who plays Captain Vidal, also is seen in “Tango Libre,” and “Black Bread.”
Doug Jones, stars in the T.V. series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” according to IMDb.
I was hesitant on this movie from the start, because I’m not into science fiction. Give me a romantic comedy, a dramatic movie, an action packed movie, even a horror story before a science fiction one. However, after being a little confused in the beginning, I found myself kind of interested.
The thing that got me going was Ofelia essentially being trapped and forced to go through dangerous tasks in order to return to where she came from. I was always wondering if she would have what it takes to finish – I know I wouldn’t be able to.
Overall, the ratings were positive. The lowest rating came in at 83 percent from IMDb.
The highest ratings given hailed from Metacritic, with a 98 percent rating for the quality of the film. Rotten Tomatoes slid in the middle, but still giving this motion picture a 96 percent rating.
I’m pretty sure I would rate “Pan’s Labyrinth” more closely to IMDb because of the science fiction aspect of the movie. Maybe I would give it a higher rating because of the anticipation.
However, to find out if Ofelia makes it through the tasks she was given, head over to the Woodland Theater this weekend.