I’ve liked each of the Guillermo del Toro films I’d seen so of course this film, El laberinto del fauno, has been one I’ve been meaning to watch for a while. Something I knew about the film was that it was dark, creepy and sad so of course when picking movies to watch in this Halloween marathon it seemed like the perfect time to finally watch it.
It’s fantastic. As expected from del Toro the visuals are stunning with the fairy tale world looking suitably creepy but in a way that is still beautiful and something you’d completely understand being a world you’d want to escape to, especially when you contrast it against the way things are in the regular world.
The best example of what I mean is the film’s antagonist Captain Vidal. Sure the Pale Man scene is creepy but it doesn’t even come close to the the way every scene with this guy in gets. In fact even in scenes where he isn’t there just the fact that he could show up at any moment is enough to make a scene unsettling.
If you haven’t seen this yet you’ve probably had it recommended to you already. It won’t be for everyone but if you like any of del Toro’s other films you should like this one too. On the subject of Guillermo del Toro I’m annoyed we’re not getting The Shape of Water until February next year over here.