Friday, November 14, 2008

Top Films: El Laberinto del Fauno

Esta pelicula podria ser la major pelicula de 2006. No puedo estar completamente seguro porque todavia no he visto “Das Leben der Andere.” En todo caso, 2006 era el año de la pelicula extranjera. “El Laberinto del Fauno” es algo completamente neuvo en la manera que combina muchas diferentes cosas...

Sorry. Making the switch back to English now.

El Laberinto is really a great movie. It unlike any other movie by the very fact that it is so much like so many diverse movies. It is a fairy-tale. No, it is a horror story. Maybe more of a ultra-violent war movie making a statement to the inhumanity of Fascism.

Del Torro has taken elements from all these sources and combined them with his own unique visual style and other pet ideas that one sees in a lot of his works and created what he calls a parable. A parable about the evil of this world as seen through the eyes of a child. In desperation she turns to her fairy-tales and books and one day, in a magical-realist sort of way, they come to life... or is it all her imagination?

Along the way we learn about courage and self-sacrifice. We see the evils of war, and torture and hear some great truths like: “Captain, to obey—just like that—for obedience’s sake... without questioning... that’s something only people like you [fascists, despots] do.”

Del Torro has said that he did not set out to create a Catholic movie, but he perhaps couldn’t help himself. There are definite elements of Christian ideas here. It is at least a good secular effort at presenting elements of Christian ideals.

Lest you be misled, this is not a kids movie. I don’t know if the translation keeps all the language or not, but the violence and gore is shocking enough to merit the R rating.

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