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Brutal Fascists are Brutal

Watched Pan's Labyrinth last night. Much, much darker than the wonderful Labyrinth, but still very well made. Not sure I can say I enjoyed it, though. Too much of it dwells on the real-world horribleness of 1944 Spain. I wish far more of the movie explored the magical realm that Ofelia, the ten-year-old protagonist, finds herself questing in. Those parts were compelling, if a bit disturbing, whereas the "real world" segments were just grim. Can't say I really recommend this film, but I'm interested in seeing more of del Toro's directorial work. His style and vision are interesting, even if this piece spent too long on the cruelties (from minor to excessive) that humans are willing to inflict on each other.

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