Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’
This is quite simply a masterpiece. Guillermo del Toro takes an incredible fantasy story and then makes it something very special by embedding it in a harsh historical story. In 1944 post-Civil War Fascist Spain a young girl, Ofelia, obsessed with fairy tales, along with her pregnant mother, travels to an old mill in the middle of the forest to live with her new step-father a ruthless Captain in the army. There are still rebels hidden in the woods and they are aided by the servant Mercedes who Ofelia befriends.
One night Ofelia is led by a fairy into a stone labyrinth. There she meets a satyr-like ‘fawn’ who tells her she is actually a princess but most prove her royalty by surviving three arduous tasks. Travelling from fantasy to reality then back again Ofelia tries to survive the evil she battles in both worlds. Read the rest of this entry »
Now Millions was the business. I only watched this because Danny Trainspotting Boyle directed it, but it turned out to be a cracker. A nice mixture of darkness and light as a child who recently lost his mother finds a bag full of money. There is a real evocation of the magical times of childhood when everything is that little bit more special and your imagination can run riot.
Daisy Donovan was a revelation. From her earlier shows I knew she could act but she puts in a real subtle performance. And for once James Nesbitt didn’t annoy me at all.
I just wish Danny Boyle would make more films. Still his next science fiction one, Sunshine, looks a cracker.