For Still Dark's very first Movie Monday, I wanted to do an outfit inspired by my favourite movie, Pan's Labyrinth. Sadly I didn't get chance to do so, work was pretty full-on today and yesterday I was of course 'busy' shopping. :-(
So instead, we have a review.
I first watched Pan's Labyrinth with my mum when I was fifteen or sixteen. Yes it's in Spanish, but being a quick reader I have never minded subtitles. I'm glad I braved it, as to say that I am obsessed with this movie would be a mild understatement. If you like your faeries scary, this is the Monday night movie for you.
It may sound like a fairy tale, but it beats the Brothers Grimm hands down for some dark, disturbing and downright scary moments. It's hard to decide whether the 'real world' (where Ofelia's kind nanny is secretly helping rebel forces, her mother's pregnancy is suffering complications, and her relationship with her 'new father', the Captain, is not exactly flourishing) or the faerie world, which boasts some genuinely frightening dangers (yes, I had nightmares about the child-eating... thing) and where Pan's true intentions are not always clear, could be more dangerous.
Throughout the movie it is never made clear whether Pan and his world are the imaginary creations of a frightened, suffering child, invented to cope with the increasingly nightmarish reality she is facing, or whether they are as real as day.
There are some scenes of torture and some bloody violence, but I found that these were not half as unsettling as the underlying sense of supernatural menace that accompanies Pan and his fellow fae. For me, the faerie realm and its creatures were what made the movie so breathtaking and what has kept it at the top of my top-ten for several years. It helps that this is also a visually stunning movie - with a twist in the tail.
This is a Wonderland-esque fable for adults, and though it is in places gory and miserable, there is something unrelentingly enchanting and magical about it. A must-see for the discerning Goth.