• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Pan's Labrinth- movie review

Extracts from this document...


7th September, 2009 What does the film 'Pan's Labyrinth' represent through the notion of love? 'Pan's Labyrinth' is a film directed by Guillero Del Torro, depicting both the fantasy world of a child as well as the harsh fascist world in Spain 1944. This film addresses the notion of love in almost every character whether it be patriotic, parental or the simple friendly love. The film portrays that love can be of different forms and it can lead to desperate acts. As illustrated by the film, 'patriotic love' is the love of all citizens for a home that in their perspective is perfect for everyone. It can make corrupt leaders to do ruthless acts as shown through the character of Captain Vidal. His love for his country, his status and his strong belief in fascism leads him to do cruel, brutal acts. As he proclaims, "I choose to be here because I want my son to be born in a new, clean Spain." This represents his thoughts on how fascism is the only right way of ruling. The captain's values are that of glory, following orders without question and power. We can also see this through his forcefulness to all below him and his expectations of blinding obedience. ...read more.


So he would know how a brave man dies." "Tell my son what time his father died. Tell him that I..." The close-up point of view shots on the watch that captain had, also portrayed the importance of it and showed why it was so necessary to carry the tradition. The love shown between Ophelia and her mother was equally significant. This can be seen frequently throughout the film, for example, when the mother made a pretty dress for Ophelia to wear or when Ophelia went for her mother's rescue or when she was sick with the baby. "Have you seen my mother? She is very beautiful," Ophelia said to Mercedes at the beginning scenes of the film clearly depicting how much she adored her. Another act of love was when Ophelia kept the baby tree the faun gave to her, under her mother's bed, frantically hoping to save her mother from dying. Another similar love is also seen between Ophelia and her baby brother, especially at the end when she refuses to sacrifice his blood and also gives up the throne of the princess. "Hurry! You promised to obey me. Give me the boy!" "No! My brother stays with me." ...read more.


The fairy in the form of a bug followed her to camp. It also showed her dream and pathway to the fantasy world which she desperately needed in order to escape the harsh, unbearable real world. Therefore, love can be of several forms. Love is the wonderful and may be the best gift of life many a times but at times, this can be blind as well. One time this can give ones the utmost joy, at the other the severest of pain. Over the ages, the greatest literatures often delineated the best feeling [or enjoyment] of a true love in the form of painful sacrifice or detachment. The beauty of love blossoms through the sorrow - 'our sweetest songs are those tells us the saddest tales'! On the other hand, the age old epics often describe the blindest aspects of love in different forms. As the epics are the reflection of real life, we quite often see the happening in reality in the form of a parental love or a platonic relationship or an affection rivalry or a patriotic belief [fanaticism] ended in a tragedy that may not be explained by common sense. This proves the universal nature of love, both in its blunt affection and blindness. As we see, the movie 'Pan's Labyrinth' cannot be an exception. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Titanic - The Review

    This creates a fast-paced effect on the watching viewer. There was also plenty of metallic door closing, hatch openings, and long distance engine rumbling which was run throughout the film to give a sense of movement of the ship while filming.

  2. A Comparison and Contrast of the different views of love presented in Cousin Kate ...

    'He lifted you from mean estate to sit with him on high'. The maiden's cousin Kate was a middle-class girl and the 'great lord' had a higher status and he made her live with him side by side and has raised her status also.

  1. "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" Film Review

    there is a little bit of Gilbert Grape in all of us. If you were a top famous Hollywood actor, would you be able to significantly play a mid-west, average twenty-odd year old man? In my opinion there would have been no one better than Johnny Depp in this case.

  2. My Beautician hand book - Basic skincare. How make-up should be applied to different ...

    Choose mascara that will complement the make-up that you have used on yourself / your client. Brown or black mascara is the most common colors. 3. When applying mascara on your client, let her close her eyes and then take her eyelid in a "grip".

  1. Film Review - The Dark Knight

    Now I am trying not to give anything away, so all I will say is that Dark Knight truly showed exactly how versatile of an actor he is. Oh yes and Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman rock, there's not much more I need to add to that.

  2. GoodFella Film Review

    There's so much that we learn about the criminal profession through his explanations of life in the mob: for instance, when he recalls that "Paulie might have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn't have to move for anybody," we have a complete sense of Paul as a brooding mob boss, and all in less than two sentences.

  1. Maximus: A Roman with Augustan Values

    The group of soldiers that Maximus leads sees him as a friend instead of a leader. When Maximus walks among his men, they all knee out of respect for him, not because they required doing so. Maximus speaks to one his men while he was kneeling.

  2. War of the Worlds Review

    Back at his house, the narrator sees many charred remains of people shot by the heat ray. The 'tripods' begin destroying the army units that surrounded the crater as well as its surrounding communities. Meanwhile, the narrator meets a retreating artilleryman who informs him that another cylinder crashed somewhere near the place the narrator's wife is currently residing.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work