Pan’s Labyrinth

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.

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