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Monday, January 29, 2007

Movie of the Year

I haven't seen a really good movie in awhile. Sure, I liked An Inconvient Truth, but that wasn't really a movie. It was Al Gore talking. But I saw Little Miss Sunshine and was disappointed. I saw March of the Penguins (finally) and almost fell asleep. I saw Brokeback Mountain and thought it was the most boring movie I had ever seen in my entire life.

Sure, there have been some good movies along the way, like Marie Antoinette, Volver and Me and You and Everyone We Know but honestly none of these compare to the one I saw yesterday -- Pan's Labyrinth. Don't read the next 2 paragraphs if you haven't seen this yet. I wouldn't want to spoil anything for you.

Talk about a great movie. If I had to compare it to other movies, I'd say it's a mix between The Never Ending Story and The Princess Bride, but not as cutesy funny. Actually, this movie is pretty dark. Not just in tone, but in hue- as in everything seemed to be either at night or had a tinted dark green feel to it. Oh, and for those who can't read, there are subtitles. The art direction is crazy beautiful, and the story line is magical.

The main character is this little girl, Ofelia, who reads a lot. It all takes place during some Spanish war. I honestly can't remember which one, but it seems like a minor war. Of course, there's a spy and a mean dictator guy and death and all of that goes along with the storyline very smoothly, without feeling removed. But the main course centers around Ofelia, and her adventures in doing all these crazy tasks who are given by a Faun -- a scary looking character that you think will end up being evil at the end, but then you realize that that's just his demeanor and he never means any harm. The reason she has to do all these weird things is so she can be the princess she was supposed to be in her previous life. Sounds confusing, but it so isn't. It's funny and sad and entertaining and not too long. All of these things equals totally awesome to me. There are also some pretty gross parts that would make even the toughest of guys squimish. And there's a cute little fairy/cricket thing for the girls. Oh, man. It's just the best.


It's the first movie I've seen since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind that I would actually pay to see again in the theater.

And I almost completely forgot about this:


This was one of the previews and everyone in the theater expressed some type of emotion when it came on. To me, that means it will totally rock the house. I've been reading mixed reviews (which can be found on the link I provided), but the preview looks way too sweet to not see. So that will be the next flick I catch. Oh, and Children of Men. And the new David Lynch movie. And so on and so forth, the wheel goes round and round....


Blogger mayarn said...

I saw it a couple weeks ago and yes, it was great. Though I could have happily done without some of the torture scenes and stuff like that. Good god.

4:15 AM  
Blogger imran said...

tremendous film! its one of my favorites ever, del torro is gonna rule hell boy duece :D

10:06 PM  
Blogger maurene said...

it was a beautiful film (loved the casting of mercedes too! from y tu mama tambien!), but totally needed to reverse its fantasy/magic to warsucksblahblah/reality ratio. the fantasy scenes were awesome.

i personally liked children of men better than pan's labrynth...better message, not as visual, but a more complete film.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Kerry said...

I like your blog.

7:36 PM  

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