Some movies defy imagination. Breathe-taking places. Never before seen monsters. Heart-pumping adventures. These are some of the things that such movies bring. But more than exploring the power of the imagination, a few leaves us wonderful message and great lessons. That after watching the film, we are not only awed by its creativity and grandeur, but also overwhelmed with its story and message. Here are five essential imaginative movies.
Pan’s Labyrinth. Pan’s Labyrinth (Spanish: El laberinto del fauno, “The Faun’s Labyrinth”) is a beautiful epic masterpiece by Mexican film-maker Guillermo del Toro, one of the best movie directors in the recent age. The movie is in Mexican and Spanish language and though opened in 2006, it was only widely released in 2007.
The movie wonderfully intertwined reality and imagination in a child’s mind as she braves a trying time. It is set in Spain in May-June 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil war. Ofelia, a lonely girl, travels with her pregnant mother and arrives at the post of her new stepfather, an officer of the post-Civil War Spain. The place is near the mountains where Spanish guerillas were also living. Unknown to the officer’s knowledge, several guerillas disguise and work inside the post. One day, Ofelia discovers an abandoned labyrinth, and inside, she meets a Faun who tells the fairy tale of Princess Moanna of the Underground Realm who escapes to the Earth, forgets her past and dies. Both Ofelia and the Faun believe she is the reincarnated Princess and before she can come back to the underworld, she must pass several missions. As Ofelia accomplishes the challenges, the war in the mountains builds up, her mother becomes more ill with her pregnancy, and sooner, Ofelia is suspected as one of the guerillas as she does things in secret. In the end, Ofelia, despite her heart-breaking death, becomes the hero for both worlds.
Pan’s Labyrinth became an instant classic the moment it was opened. The movie effortlessly weaved great fantasy with a distressful and troubled world. The fantasy was all so real that after watching the film, audiences would wonder if everything has been real despite certain small clues in the movie. Expectedly, the movie is very well received. It gathered a rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and 98% on Metacritic, becoming the fourth highest rated movie of all time in Metacritic. In box office, it also performed brilliantly as it places itself as one of the highest-grossing foreign films of all time. Pan’s Labyrinth also appeared on several critics’ top ten lists of the best movies in 2006, particularly in TIME Magazine (#1), and New York Post. Lastly, the movie received nomination as Best Foreign Language Film in both Academy and Golden Globe Awards in 2007.
The world inside the labyrinth is very magical. Each of Ofelia’s adventures is exciting and sometimes scary. The monster “Pale Man” and the Faun itself are some of the best creatures in the movie. Pan’s Labyrinth is undoubtedly one of the most creative, most original and freshest movies of all time.