Last night Laura and I watched Pan's Labyrinth. I'd been looking forward to this movie for some time. I was intrigued by the trailers, the concept of an "adult fairy-tale," the reviews, and Guillermo Del Toro.
The movie is no letdown. But it is ... different. It's at times violent, cruel, and horrific. And at times, it is simply beautiful. The beauty is shadowed and beleaguered with grotesqueries. While Del Toro is not a believer, his spirituality bubbles up Christ in places. There is redemption in this story, and I'll probably watch it again before sending it back.
I give it two thumbs way up, but I'd also interject some caution. First, it is, by no means, for children. Second, it is dark and cruel and sorrowful. Most of that cruelty arises from the fascist regime that contextualizes little Ofelia's (our protagonist) life, and her terrible misfortunes - the villain is truly villainous.
Yesterday, I also received Papa Benedict's new book from Amazon, Jesus of Nazareth. I'm very excited about this book and will comment on it as I read.
Peace be to you on this Ascension Thursday.