Pan's Labyrinth Still Isn't Any Good
About three weeks ago, LAist's Elina reviewed the critically acclaimed fantasy film Pan's Labyrinth and gave it a resounding meh.
Elina said then that this film and 2001's The Devil's Backbone (both by director Guillermo del Toro) have a lot of similarities, but sadly Pan's is lacking.
...where The Devil's Backbone uses careful plotting and clever visuals to meticulously interweave the fantastical and realistic narrative threads, Pan's Labyrinth is all baroque styling and tangential plot turns that bog down a fairly thin skeleton of a movie. LAist, 12/30/06
One of the commentors on her post accused Elina of many things, including being disingenuous in her review by using a technique of being contrarian.Since the film was getting overwhelmingly good reviews (currently 96% on Rotten Tomatoes) I decided to screen the movie to see if our Film Editor had lost her damn mind.
What I saw was a very pretty, somewhat trippy, but ultimately empty movie that is in no way recommendable. The characters are flat and predictable, the plot is gaping full of holes, there are no thrills, and ultimately you feel as though the style is only there to distract you from the fact that there's nothing really happening on the screen.