From my review of Guillermo del Toro’s dark fairy tale, Pan’s Labyrinth:
“You’re too old to be filling your head with such nonsense,” Carmen tells her daughter, Ofelia, in an early scene in Pan’s Labyrinth. “Such nonsense” is a book of fairy tales, cradled lovingly in Ofelia’s hands.
But are fairy tales nonsense? Should they be read only by the very young? Or can grown-ups learn from them, too?
For Guillermo de Toro, the answers are clearly No, No, and Yes, respectively. Pan’s Labyrinth is an R-rated tale full of fauns, faeries, and other fantastical creatures. It’s bloody and it’s dark. But it also has much to say. Continue reading —>