Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth ★★★★

For me, del Toro films have always been stunning and creative visually, but lacking in that creativity in their stories. While Pan’s Labyrinth succumbs to that trend, this film still feels unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s a hauntingly beautiful fantasy film while also a dark and grim period piece. I can’t say it meshes completely, as the two sides to the story never really collide, but it’s still such an interesting picture.

Also a good example of a film that is elevated by being told in the director’s own language and not in English.