Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Short review: "El Laberinto del Fauno" is a gruelling, disturbing, emotional and brutal journey of light and dark. Is is a wonderful fairy tale, with great performances, stunning visuals and strong story. All your emotions will be thoroughly tested in Guillermo Del Toro's grim fairy tale. A masterful fable that alternates between uber-gritty realism and dark, twisted fantasy with such a sublime slickness, it is near startling. The movie not only benefits of Del Toro's wonderful script but also of some compelling performances. The actress playing Ophelia, was simply perfect; Maribel Verdu is convincing as the troubled servant and Sergi Lopez gets the show stealer role as the evil Captain Vidal which he portrays successfully. The effects are fantastic and show how CGI use should be kept to a minimum unless you have a vast budget, as most of the effects in this are real and not computer generated. The set designs and costumes are outstanding.Doug Jones does a brilliant job of bringing Fauno and Pale Man to life. But the real star is Guillermo del Toro. With his great vision and excellent story telling, he brings the entire film to life. He knows exactly what fans want and works brilliant towards genre. "Pan's Labyrinth" is without a doubt del Toro's masterpiece, year's best movie and it is now in my "best of all time" list! It's perfect!