The trailer for this week’s throwback Thursday is for a movie the late Roger Ebert described as “one of the greatest of all fantasy films, even though it is anchored so firmly in the reality of war.” That would be the one, the only “Pan’s Labyrinth”, released in 2006 from the (literally!) beastly and brilliant mind of director Guillermo del Toro. (Note: Brilliant is not a word I throw around easily…) Starring Doug Jones, and little known actors Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, and Ariadna Gil, Pan’s Labyrinth weaves the intricate story of an imaginative young girl growing up in the midst of fascist Spain back in 1944, her cruel reality, and the not-so-safe “refuge” she finds amongst mythical creatures once she enters the phantasmagorical labyrinth of the faun, Pan. Growing up as a young kid, in my house it was kind of an unspoken rule that we children were only allowed to watch R-rated fare that was based on history or real life issues and stuff like that, so I didn’t think to ask my parents about Pan’s Labyrinth because of its fantasy element. Regardless, due to my innocent naivete, Pan’s Labyrinth had an intense impression on my childhood and imagination, so much so that I can hardly put it into words. Guillermo del Toro, I have you to thank for evermore :).
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