|5 out of 5 Arnolds|
For the uninitiated, director Guillermo Del Toro is the mind behind such cult favorites as The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos, the Orphanage, and Mama. He’s also the master at the helm of Blade II, the Hellboy series, and the recently released
In the movie, our main character, Ofelia, is a day dreamer distracted by the ugliness surrounding her during the climax of the Spanish Civil War. During her mother’s pregnancy, she is forcibly relocated to live with her vile stepfather, General Vidal. Vidal is fond of torturing anyone he deems a rebel or spy, proving that he is more concerned with his loyalty to fascism than the birth complications of Ofelia’s mom. Desperately wanting to escape from it all, Ofelia wanders into the woods and discovers a gothic-looking labyrinth. Enter: Pan, a devilish smooth-talker (literally) who convinces Ofelia that she has forgotten her real destiny…that of a princess. Pan manipulates her into accomplishing three tasks in exchange for her crown, but how much blood must be shed in order for Ofelia to discover whether or not the creature is lying?
Is it Action A Go Go or Action A No No? Action A Go Go! If the devil is in the details then Guillermo Del Toro must have been delegated the micromanager of monsters.