Pan's Labyrinth (DVD)
Fairy tales and folk stories have their roots in very old, very deep human fears, fears that director Guillermo del Toro teases out brilliantly in his ambitious, glorious film Pan's Labyrinth. Set against the backdrop of fascist Spain in 1944, Pan's Labyrinth is a breathtaking mix of fact and fantasy, poetry and politics, pain and pleasure to form what is possibly the best film of 2007. A modern masterpiece made entirely on his own terms, with layers of imagery and storytelling folding back on themselves to create a completely formed world, this is remarkable, unique filmmaking. A richly moving story of the end of innocence. Pan's Labyrinth is at once baroque, eerie, smart, passionate, graceful and truly dazzling.