Guillermo del Toro | 119 mins | DVD | 15 / R
Empire’s second best film of 2006; IMDb’s 43rd best film ever;* winner of over 60 awards… Pan’s Labyrinth comes to any viewer with a serious amount of critical acclaim and genuine hype. As you might expect, this is a problem.
I’m not going to disagree that it’s a very good film, but I wasn’t blown over by it, as I probably expected to be. Nonetheless, it’s definitely worth seeing. The cinematography is worth mentioning especially. If there’s one pro in the sacrilegious argument for a dub over subs, it would be that you could watch the pretty pictures properly.
If you manage to not let the buzz take effect, you might find you love the film too.
* Re-posting this on 27th March 2013, it had dropped to 112th. ^