The themes of fantasy, dreams, fairy tales and magic link directly to Ofelia’s life. She been uprooted to move in with her stepfather Captain Vidal, neither of them are fond of one another. She uses the fairy tales she reads as a form of escapism. The start of the film is shot literally through her eyes. As Ofelia is lying on the ground and the camera directly entering her eye. The story is set up to be in Ofelia’s world her personal fantasy allows Ofelia to gain a sense of control over her life and choices because in reality she is a child who has to follow orders from her mother and Captain Vidal like being made to wear dresses and eating at dinners with Captain Vidal friends. The tasks she set by the faun allows her some sort of control and allows her dream for a better life, to be with her father and princess of the underworld.
Family plays a very important role within the film. Captain Vidal is waiting for the birth of his first son, who will be air to his empire. He cares more about this unborn child than Ofelia’s mo...
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...cal counterpart is the Pale Man. the dinner party scene and Ofelia’s task scene the scene mirror one another. The Pale Man is sitting at the head of the table, like Vidal in the previous scene both heads of the table in control. The Pale Man and Vidal are examples of killing the fantasy and imagination of the film the Pale Man kills the fairies by biting their heads off, they are key to help Ofelia with her tasks. The Pale Man and Vidal are the two antagonists in Ofelia’s worlds, they are both standing in her way of happiness and freedom.
In summary Pan’s Labyrinth is a very beautifully made film that touches on many subject areas. The different themes allow audiences to look at the fantasy film in a different aspect. This film looks like it should be aimed at children, but it isn’t. Guillermo Del Toro used classical fairy-tale structure to create a dark fantasy.
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