Pan's Labyrinth ★★★★½

This is still an excellent film, it’s just *chef’s kiss* throughout. Guillermo Del Toro crafted a companion piece to his first masterpiece The Devil’s Backbone, which is perhaps a more complex and layered film, and that’s perfectly cool. Guillermo Navarro’s cinematography is out of this world per usual, as are the visual effects of the fantasy elements. Everything about this movie is great, right down to the ending, perhaps the most impacting of all Del Toro endings. However there is one flaw, one singular flaw, that actually prevents this film from being perfect, and that is the villain. The Devil’s Backbone had a far more nuanced antagonist, I love that you weren’t sure what side he was on. I get that Sergi López’s Vidal is meant to be overtly sadistic, but he just comes across as a bit too one dimensional. All hail Del Toro though, and it’s a damned shame we’re gonna be seeing Bradley Cooper instead of Leo in Nightmare Alley. 


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