Guillermo Del Toro is one of the most recognized names in film. On October 9, 1964 this legendary director was born. Most of his work is recognized today, yet Pan’s Labyrinth is the one that sticks out the most.
Ofelia and her expectant mother move to live with her stepfather Captain Vidal in post Civil war Spain. The captain is cruel and despises Ofelia, yet she is able to find comfort in the housekeeper Mercedes. One night she is visited by a fairy that brings her to a faun that sends her on an adventure to find keys to another realm. However, Ofelia’s mother dies giving birth, her stepfather finds out that he has spies within his household leading to Mercedes to leave, and Ofelia is left all alone with just her stories. Yet, she is able to find comfort in her work with the faun and her new baby brother. Sadly,tragedy strikes Ofelia when she is asked by the faun to kill her brother. She says no, but her stepfather shoots her dead. In the end, Ofelia is in heaven where she learns she is a lost princess being welcomed home by the kingdom who has been waiting for her return.
Guillermo Del Toro is one of the most imaginative directors of today. In the 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth, he is able to prove just that. Today, October 9, he celebrates his birthday with future inventive movies to come.