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29 January 2007 @ 12:35 am
I'm still here  
I went to see Pan's Labyrinth last night. I had read the wikipedia article on it back when I thought that it would never make it out here, but I had forgotten enough of it that parts of the movie still took me by surprise. For example--the violence. Despite being able fairies, there wasn't anything fairy tale-esque about the violence. The world of the film is muddy and dirty and, well, realistic, especially when the captain just out of nowhere smashes in a prisoner's face with a wine bottle. That took me by surprise. The movie is excellent, though, and I'd encourage people to go see it.


I guess you could look at the ending of the movie as Ofelia being insane, and the scene of her in Underhill as a hallucination while she's bleeding to death, but I don't think so. The only time you get a scene that supports that is near the end, when the Captain busts in, and it may be that the fairies just didn't want to reveal themselves to him since they knew what kind of man he was. Also, the mandrake root. It seems to actually work to help her mother, and its sympathetic effects would be a little too much of a coincidence without there being something else at work.

Plus, after the movie, I really wanted Ofelia to be a fairy princess.


We also went to talk to the rabbi we've contacted for the wedding, which was a little unnerving, mostly because he was so serious. After the discussion, though, I realized that the mood was warranted. A wedding is a serious occasion, and he doesn't know our propensity for levity. Even so, I don't know that that much humor is necessary for a wedding. A reception, yes, but...

Other than that, and my previous entry, I'm okay :)
 
 
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Jaideraijaiderai on January 30th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Lengthy analysis of "El laberinto del fauno"
I don't think she's insane so much as that it's all in her head/pretend. The world of the Spanish civil war was as you said, muddy and dark, and she uses the fantasy to sort of grasp the horrors that are around her. Of course, there are some parts that make it hard to nail it down as "purely fantasy" or "purely reality," which is one of the things the film does well.

I saw the movie when I was in Spain, and while I thought it looked pretty, (1) I saw the ending coming from a mile away, which is always disappointing, and (2) the violence is excessive and does nothing to further develop the character of the Captain. You get right from the beginning that he's a bad man, and the amount of torture/headsmashing just makes you hate him more without fleshing his character out into something sympathetic, or even human. He is a head on a stick, as we call them in workshop. He just happens to be a mean head on a violent-ass stick.

I think the movie, with very few changes, would be one of the best children's films maybe ever, cutting or altering the unnecessary violence to bring it down to a PG rating while still keeping the rest of it more or less intact. Also, the Pale Man is one of the best movie monsters ever, even though his scene is, again, cliche (you know she's going to eat the food as soon as the faun tells her not to) and too short.

That's enough ranting for now. ;) If the director had made the movie in ten years or so, when perhaps the excitement of fake blood has worn off for him a bit, I think it would have been much much better.
Jeffjdcohen on January 30th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
Wait... you're getting a Rabbi for your wedding? That's AWESOME. I'm totally getting fershnickered with him during the reception.

--Jeff