Bottom Line: Not a Grimm fairy tale–a grim fairy tale.
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Alex Angulo, Ariadna Gil, Cesar Vea, Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Ivan Massague, Manolo Solo, Maribel Verdu, Roger Casamajor, Sergi Lopez
Pan’s Labyrinth is a somberly spellbinding experience, just as brutally harrowing to our emotions as it is captivating to our spirits. It’s a story rarely ever told, let alone so beautifully. All right, there’s Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its umpteen adaptations. Pan’s Labyrinth is quite comparable to that universally familiar story, but it goes without saying that this is no cheerful escapade, nor is it meant for young children.