Movie day today and i went out with pat, stella and pat's bro to star cineplex.. Yay! We were deciding on ... Sunshine.. Wild Hogs or Pan's Labyrinth.. So in the end.. we chose pan's labyrinth.. i'm gonna be blogging abt this.. so BORE ALERT!!!First, i REALLY REALLY thought pat was driving.. but heck no, it was her MUM at the end.. so nevermind that.. we went up to bought tickets and WooHooo the whole Star Hall 3 is vaccant and they only sold 3 tickets.. Man.. then we went to grab a bite at kfc's then back to star at 4.00 pm. just in time to buy drinks and popcorn!Now.. Spoiler ALERT!!
Title: Pan's Labyrinth! (Spanish version***)Director:
Guillermo del Toro
Duration: 1 hour and 59 minsCast:
Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi López, Ariadna Gil, Maribel Verdú, Álex Angulo, Roger Casamajor, Sebastián Haro, Mina Lira, Federico Luppi, Ivan Massagué, Chema Ruiz, Manolo Solo, Milo TaboadaGenre: Drama
A lone automobile travels a narrow road in the Spanish countryside in 1944. In the back seat, a little girl named Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her mother Carmen (Ariadna Gil) are on their way to their new home. A bright and dreamy little girl, Ofelia keeps her precious books of fairy tales close at hand, despite Carmen's gentle admonition that it may be time for her to put away these childhood favorites. It is unlikely that such pastimes will meet the approval of Ofelia's new stepfather, Captain Vidal (Sergí Lopez). And Carmen, who is pregnant with the captain's child, is anxious for her daughter to get along with the man to whom she has entrusted their future.
But for Ofelia, fables of good and evil, magic and danger are more than simple entertainment. They are her window onto the world, awakening her to life's everyday possibilities and mysteries. When a dragonfly captures Ofelia's attention during a roadside stop, it is not a gangly insect that she follows into the woods but a glistening emerald ambassador, welcoming her to its domain.
There is little sense of welcome, however, when Ofelia and her mother finally arrive at their destination, an abandoned mill in rural Spain that Vidal has converted into a military headquarters. Though Captain Vidal is there to greet them, his annoyance at their late arrival is palpable. Indeed, there is nothing in the officer's cold, exacting demeanor to suggest that he wishes to be a parent to Ofelia, whose own father died several years ago. What Vidal wants is the son that Carmen is carrying, not a family.
On the grounds of the mill, armed soldiers are everywhere. Charged with rooting out resistance fighters in the nearby mountains, Vidal and his troops zealously pursue any and all signs of their opponents. Thus far, the rebels have managed elude capture, though fascists have solidified their power in the region. Those local people who clean and cook for the soldiers do their work quietly, speaking only when they are spoken to. Carmen, her condition already precarious, grows even sicker and is soon confined to her bed.
In this tense and fearful environment, Ofelia finds a sympathetic presence in the housekeeper Mercedes (Maribel Verdú), who shows her a rambling, neglected old garden near the mill. With its winding paths, it is a lovely place to wander, though one can easily become lost there after nightfall.
That garden labyrinth will become Ofelia's haven, a dark refuge from loneliness and sorrow. It is a place of fantastical creatures and powerful talismans, presided over by a teasing, inscrutable Faun (Doug Jones). Here, Ofelia will come to terms with the world as she now knows it - and with the monsters that live not only in her imagination, but in her daily life.
Seriously.. it was a bit slow at the beginning.. i like the whole.. 17, 18th century style of it but then.. i turned out to be in SPANISH!! What the?? At least got subs la.. (* only there's this one part where there's no subs and we like.. dont know what the fawn said to Ofelia..). Basically, this is definitely not a children's book kinda thingy.. not to say harry-potter-ish but a little like LOTR as well. It's a well made movie i can say..realistic and .. thrilling.. yeap
Thriller No1: Shooting guys straight in their faces to make sure they DIE!!
Thriller No2: Fat toad burst out from its skin and turn into a lump of FAT!! EWWW
Thriller No3: Torturing people.. hammer.. 'playar gabung' and a few things..
Thriller No4; (most thrilling) Saggy-skin guy chases after ofelia.. RUN RUN AAAAHHHH!!
Thriller No5: Injured people.. eww.. you just dont wanna see them.. they're disgusting..
Well, it's a very very interesting story with nice BGM.. OooOOooohOOhhhhoo.. love that.. and i think the little girl is a damn good actress... **Envious!! Was scary and thrilling.. remember me and stella were like.. "AaaHhh Run! Run..! FASTER!! FASTER!!!!.. NoooooONnOOO" and going ">.YEs... Kill him.. stab him in the face... TEAR his Lips OUT!! Do it AGAIN!!!!..." Nice movie to watch with crazy friends.. Not a HORROR movie.. just thrilling.. Please do watch it.. here a somemore information i gathered ... Enjoy reading this! and i recommend this movie to those who are.. "visually sick and loves to be a prince/princess of a kingdom."
Definition of Labyrinth:
n Greek mythology
, the Labyrinth
. λαβύρινθος labyrinthos
) was an elaborate structure constructed for King Minos
and designed by the legendary artificer Daedalus
to hold the Minotaur
, a creature that was half man and half bull
and which was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus
had made the Labyrinth so cunningly that he himself could barely escape it after he built it.
Theseus was aided by Ariadne
, who provided him with a fateful thread to wind his way back again.
The term labyrinth is often used interchangeably with maze, but modern scholars of the subject use a stricter definition. For them, a maze is a tour puzzle in the form of a complex branching passage, with choices of path and direction, while a single-path ("unicursal") labyrinth has only a single, Eulerian path to the centre. A labyrinth has an unambiguous through-route to the centre and back and is not designed to be difficult to navigate.
Prehistoric labyrinths are believed to have served either as traps for malevolent spirits or as defined paths for ritual dances. During Medieval times, the labyrinth symbolized a hard path to the God with a clearly defined center (God) and one entrance (birth). Labyrinths can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending towards salvation or enlightenment. Many people simply could not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so the use of labyrinths and prayer substituted that need. Later, the religious significance of labyrinths faded and they were used primarily for entertainment, although recently their spiritual aspect has seen a resurgence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labyrinth