30 Day Film Challenge: Day 21 – Your Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: El Laberinto Del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006)

Sci-Fi and fantasy really should get separate categories, but I’m not going to bitch about that here, nope, not at all!

Day 21 – Your Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film

El Laberinto Del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006, Guillermo del Toro)

I could have picked a bevy of titles for this category, from either the realm of sci-fi or fantasy. In the end I decided look more at the world of fantasy because I tend to prefer fantasy over sci-fi by a very small margin. Out of all the fantasy films I considered the one that kept popping out in my wee old brain was El Laberinto Del Fauno. I remember the first time I made the trip to the Barrington AMC to check out the latest from Guillermo del Toro. The world he created for El Laberinto Del Fauno was mesmerizing on a couple of different levels. He delivered all the fantastic imagery he had quickly become well known for but at the same time he brought a story to the table that was equal parts fascinating, terrifying and challenging. There are a lot of great fantasy films out there, but there aren’t many that can match the many ways El Laberinto Del Fauno reaches out to its audience.


4 responses to “30 Day Film Challenge: Day 21 – Your Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: El Laberinto Del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006)

  1. Great pick. It’s one of my all time favorites. And yes, this day should have been two separate categories.

  2. Indeed it should have been. I know that technically everything is fiction, but there are differences between sci-fi and fantasy that are big enough for them to be worthy of their own categories.

  3. I don’t know. This is my go-to film when I point out what happens when directors say their film is about something, but the form of the storytelling in film tells a completely opposite message.

    For a story that is nominally about standing up to tyranny, the film itself is pretty ham-fisted in dictating emotion to the audience throughout. “You must hate this bad bad, completely one-dimensional character! You must cry NOW! You must be scared by this monster!”

    Not very subtle or challenging.

  4. I didn’t really find the film to be about tyranny, even if del Toro says it is. What I latched on to was how the film treated the idea of fantasy versus reality, and how the brutality of reality can shape your fantasy.

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