February 14th, 2007

More on Pan's Labyrinth.

Ivana Baquero (Ofelia) is an experienced movie actress, and it shows in a flawless performance. Sergi Lopez (Captain Vidal) manages to make simple acts such as shaving full of menace--even BEFORE he slashes his razor across the throat of his reflection. These two are very ably supported by Maribel Vertu, as Mercedes, the local housekeeper and Adriana Gil as Ofelia's mother. Doug Jones, who has worked with Del Toro before on the "Hellboy" projects (as Abe Sapien) is bidding fair to give Ron Perlman a run for the title of the Lon Chaney of our time, portraying both the Faun and the Pale Man with equally eerie effect.

Del Toros' script is tightly plotted and grimly satisfying, at least in terms of fairy tale logic, with one plot hole I will discuss behind the cut.

In Spanish, with English subtitles. Highly reccommended for the stong of spirit.

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