I’ve finally seen this movie and I can say the wait was worth it. This is the perfect fairy tale, just as Devil’s Backbone was the perfect ghost story. I can’t wait to see what the third movie of the set from Guillermo del Toro is. I have to say (as a responsible blogger) that this is not a kid’s movie. If you happen to be a parent or a child and are reading this, I will repeat. This is not a kid’s movie.
In the film we have all the steps of the hero’s journey and some sublimely framed lessons. I really don’t want to share the story as I want to urge you to go and see it yourself. However, the lessons are worth talking about. There are three tasks set out for the hero (a female hero – rejoice). The first is just to accept the call to adventure. The second is to think for yourself and not just do what you’re told. The third is self-sacrifice.
Pan’s Labyrinth is a classic hero’s journey and a classic fairy tale. The path of trials is always about learning. Watch your trials and learn from them. Without doing that you can’t become the Master of Two Worlds.