rcoll008’s review published on Letterboxd:
Pan's Labyrinth is an absolutely masterful and wholly original fantasy film from Guillermo Del Toro. The film takes us to a time and place in Spain where the harsh reality of the Civil War exists. Facism is in power, and the villain is fully sadistic and unforgiving. Set aside from the realities of this world, a young girl Ophelia discovers she maybe the princess of the Underworld and finds a labyrinth where she soon finds a magical world of exotic beings.
Simply put, this film is one of the best pieces of fantasy put to screen. It is a film about the power of disobedience and resisting immoral authority. Through imagination, Ophelia developed the courage to disobey authority. It is a rich fairy tale where the story can be interpreted as both tragic and beautiful. Still an astonishing work.