karli stone’s review published on Letterboxd:
an important movie with such a beautiful and important message. But, for me the execution fell a bit flat. I didn’t get to see enough of Ofelia’s perception of the world, as well as how she viewed the characters and events around her. I thought too much screen time was spent following around the Captain to witness his atrocities, when it would have been so much more interesting to follow Ofelia navigating through the brutality of war herself. If we got to see directly how fascism is seen and experienced by the future of our world, the anti-fascist message just would have felt so much more, I don’t know, powerful?
Maybe I am just being picky, but I’m really just so bummed that something so creative and interesting didn’t resonate more with me.