Michael Cox’s review published on Letterboxd:
"And it is said that the Princess returned to her father's kingdom. That she reigned there with justice and a kind heart for many centuries. That she was loved by her people. And that she left behind small traces of her time on Earth, visible only to those who know where to look." - Fauno
This was suggested by Quintin Philipson as a part of the film of the week for the Film Club. Granted, this was chosen randomly, but anyway. Go follow him. He's a genuinely chill dude.
If you want to see all of the films I've watched for the Film Club, click here along with my ranking of each.
This film definitely had that Guillermo Del Toro touch. His creature designs are unparalleled as is the makeup he puts on his actors. Seeing this world brought to life truly felt like a fantastical story book. See, Guillermo Del Toro understands the word: fantasy. I was left in awe as every one of his creations moved and interacted with more familiar beings like ourselves. The production design also helped immerse me into this world. The film had a really nice balance of drama, fantasy, horror, and action. The cinematography is definitively gorgeous with its overhead shots and use of color. The film was also tense. That Pale Man scene had me gripping my armrests. Surprisingly, the visual effects are also really good and sometimes even
Maribel Verdú (Mercedes), Sergi López (Captain Vidal), and Ariadna Gil (Carmen) all did great jobs. Doug Jones' (Fauno/Pale Man) physicality is unmatched; like nobody can do it like him. Ivana Baquero (Ofelia) did an excellent job as our lead.
The film wasn't the best in one regard, though and that's its green screening. Especially near the end, it was definitely showing its age. I also felt a little let down.
Overall, it's an excellent film and if you haven't seen it yet, watch it! You won't regret it!