Monday, October 26, 2009

Awesome Movie Highlight: No. 1--El laberinto del fauno

Guillermo del Toro’s absolute genius magical realism film Pan's Labyrinth is a fairytale that simultaneously occurs in the harsh reality of a violent World War II. In reality the lost princess forgets her way and is in danger by her villainous step-father. Best performance by a child actor…ever. Ivana Baquero shines as she goes one step further than Natalie Portman ever did as a child. And Doug Jones gives the character performance of a lifetime, without ever showing his true face. Poor guy AND lucky guy. He can walk down the street without anyone knowing who the hell he is. I had the fortunate chance to talk to him a while at the Mid-Ohio Con last year, and he was the most sociable, personable, affectionate celebrity (maybe....?) I've met. He loves hugs, and his legs are very chickenish. He's proud of his roots and doesn't forget them. You guys! You can't see it, but I'm raising a glass to del Toro in his future endeavors, surely being awesome!

Side note: Look for motifs of images, symbols, colors, etc. It's fascinating how del Toro ties everything together.

“I'm not some old man! Or a wounded prisoner! Motherfucker, don't you dare touch the girl. You won't be the first pig I've gutted!” -Mercedes (Maribel Verdu)

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