Sunday, May 27, 2007

Movie Review - Pan's labyrinth

The selling point for this movie... for me to watch a 'CGI extravaganza' was the fact that this movie got a 20 minute standing ovation at some film festival. I felt, if so many people could appreciate something in this movie, why not give it a try? I watched the movie... and I was impressed.

Movies, like Narnia and Bridge to Terabithia were good movies in their own right... they appealed to the clan of humans who had still been pooping in their nappies at the turn of the century. The movies did not attempt to retain the innocence of the children... their heroes. Children performed humungous feats of strength, like battling chimeras and mountain lions and jumping across oceans. The stories in itself did not have any charm other than giving parents a feeling that probably this is what the children wanted to see.

Pan's labyrinth distances itself quite safely from such tripe. The story has all the ingredients to charm a child, and still manages to interest adults too. This movie has managed to maintain the innocence of the lead character. A 12 year girl... she thinks her mother is 'sick with baby'... her expression for the being pregnant. The child has very simple explanations to everything that happens around her, which kind of takes us back to "Life is Beautiful" for a moment. The story in itself also has a sort of an Enid Blyton simplicity to it, with the slight grotesqueness of Roald Dahl's children's stories. The blood, the violence, the deaths and the slightly dark surroundings may not be exactly suitable for all children, but plays its part in keeping adults too interested. The CGI in this movie plays its part more in astounding us.. into thinking... "Now they can do this?". It is a pity this movie never got to hit the screens in India.


nishpeak said...

Hi great_escape,

Pan's labyrinth (Spanish: El laberinto del fauno) is definitely one of the good movies to come out in recent times, saw it 2 months ago. The actors, director and everyone have done justice to their roles and the result is a good movie. The gal who plays Ofelia has given a very good performance. This movie just reflects the fact good movies can be still made. It's a pity that most good movies don't get released in India and we have to live with masala flicks.


Escape.... Great Escape said...

Chennai is very bad at that. Movies like The Illusionist ever hit the screen, while tripe like "Spiderman" run to packed houses...

Maybe there would be others who differ.

Anyway, we stil have guys like KH who have 'utmost faith' in Thamiazh audiences, to support good movies.

S.Ganesh Kumar said...

Hi Ramanan,
Read my 2 latest reviews(Johnny English and Mr.Bean's Holiday.):
1.Mr.Bean's Holiday
2.Johnny English

Weekend Warrior said...

Hey.. Watched this movie few months back. Usually my friend watches award nominee/art movies and I watch the commercial ones. He pursuaded me to watch this movie in a theatre with him and I was pleasantly surprised. Though the language was Spanish, it was an awesome movie.. quite gripping and amazing visuals (Not the flashy type).