Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth ★★★

After eight years, it's a bit of a letdown to find that PAN'S LABYRINTH really isn't a film about any labyrinth of Pan's but rather a film about a Spanish fascist general killing or torturing a bunch of people. In the confused moral landscape of the film, fascism seems to constitute "reality"; so I guess we're all fascists at heart, unless we live in fantasy worlds of course.

The film is imaginative but I found it to be a bit of a "fauny". Murky plot with sentimentalized characters, difficult to engage in, emotionally uneven and pointlessly obscure. I wanted to like it more, because it's pretty at times and Guillermo has got spirit, there's no denying that. But I found the film generally inpenetrable and often boring.