Starring: Ivan Baquero, Maribel Verdu, Doug Jones, Sergi Lopez, Ariadna Gil
Guillermo del Toro followed Hellboy by once again returning to Mexico and delivering another fairy tale. Of all 3 stories (yeah, I'd count Cronos), Pan's Labyrinth really accomplishes being fully realized that of a new modern fairy tale. This is del Toro's biggest passion project of his career and one he sacrificed all he possibly could (and lost 45 lbs according to him) to see fully realized as he intended it to be. The result works, as Pan's Labyrinth is a masterpiece of modern cinema.
So what does the end of the film mean? Personally I can't give you a definitive answer. I like to believe in supernatural things and would like Ofelia's tale to be one of that journey, but I could see the pessimistic side to it as well. But its not totally pessimistic as she became a martyr for the revolution's cause. Whatever the case, I dig the hint of obscurity and leaving the film with a wonderful conversation starter after viewing it. Guillermo himself feels that it is all real, but also understands that others can have a different view.
Needless to say, I'm looking very forward to the next time Guillermo del Toro goes back to Mexico to make a film!
Next up: We return to the BPRD for another Hellboy adventure in HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY