Teddy Roberts’s review published on Letterboxd:
"a long time ago, in the underground realm, where there are no lies or pain, there lived a Princess who dreamed of the human world"
This is by far the most time I've taken to think and research about a film afterwards. Usually, I'm able to stem my conclusions from a film a few minutes after it's finished, but I found myself to be puzzled about how the dots connect in this piece of art. And being completely honest, I still have yet to explore what not only this film is trying to say in its entirety, but also what it's saying to me personally.
But, from that moment when it finished, I was struck by that confusion that often emerges when I finish a film. And it was until I thought about the deconstruction of disobedience from a biblical perspective where things started to fall into place.
Throughout the runtime of the film, my mind was tethered to biblical references and instances over and over while my family denied the influences I was observing. And it's in this way how this film is able to use the themes of disobedience and authority (as Guillermo del Toro confirmed these to be the main themes) as a catalyst to explore the realism of fairytales and the fictitious nature of humanity. Implying that both of these go hand in hand in a deeper way than we could ever realize until the end of the life we're now experiencing. Depending on your beliefs of the afterlife, conclusions will differ amongst people, but Pan's Labyrinth suggests the fact of the people before us being the reason we are here, relating across all the stories that unfold to influence our perspective about how our doings will affect the future.