Saturday, September 22, 2007

A Grim Fairytale

We just finished watching Pan's Labyrinth - at last,a bloggable movie.

It's about a young girl whose life has taken a bad turn. Her new stepfather is every woman's nightmare - an arrogant, violent, fascist military officer - and her mother's pregnancy has become life-threatening. Then Ofelia finds out that she is supposed to be a reincarnation of the princess of the underworld, and must complete 3 tasks to prove her worthiness.

This is basically a fairy tale, but it's not a children's story. The magical creatures could have been extras in the horror, Silent Hill, and there's just enough blood and torture to keep things really dark.

I can't say I enjoyed every minute; watching a man's face being smashed in like a KFC mashie wasn't fun, and neither was the nail-pulling. But it was a bloody good story.

Actually, it's like a non-cute variation on Labyrinth.

7 comments:

onscreen said...

Sweet, I've got that one in my pile of have to get round to watching DVDs, might have to move it closer to the top of the pile!

Violet said...

yeah you should. it's pretty damn good. Now I want to watch The Devil's Backbone again.

Kazzer said...

Sorry Violet, but I thought the film was dreadful and I usually love fantasy films.

Violet said...

kazzer: so what made it so dreadful for you?

Determinist said...

Glad that you agreed. Thought that it was OARSUM! Absolutely loved it. It was brutal, but a simple fairy-tale story that we just don't see often.

Violet said...

determinist: fairy tales are so much more interesting when they're aimed at grown-ups.

glomgold said...

I liked Pan's Labyrinth and Labyrinth a lot! Although I sort of wish they'd digitally change David Bowie's outfit in the movie. Egads.