Written February 24, 2008
Another magnificently directed movie by Guillermo Del Toro. The Orphanage sets out as a well-written thriller that may be hard to see what direction the story is going, but the charcters leave the audience bread crumbs (or in this case sea shells) to always find your way back home. It was like a game of Clue or Hide and Seek that kept you guessing until the very end. The music is so eerie and chilling it sets the tone for the rest of the movie. I didnt know what I was getting myself into, but was very satisfied at the conclusion of the movie. Almost everything is great in this movie, from the music and the story to the costumes. Who doesnt find little children in raggedy clothes and creepy masks a little chilling? This is one of those foreign films worth seeing. I am planning on buying it when it comes out on dvd..
Written December 05, 2007
My girlfriend and I screened this movie. It was visually appealing, had a good pace, and was thoroughly entertaining. Would definitely see it again!~ Certain scenes had the whole theatre gasping. Strong story-line, well-developed plot. Watch this movie.
Written April 05, 2008
this movie, although all in spanish with english subtitles, which is what should be expected by this director, was an AMAZING movie! One, i am a hard person to scare, i think most modern scary movies are the stupidest movies ever. but the orphanage was truely scary, i jumped, and i was scared, which makes me soo happy that i could finally be startled by a movie that was supposed to be scary. Second, the stroy line is so good, i wont ruin it for you, but i really was surprised at the end, almost a sixth sense ending, totally unpredictable. i loved this movie.
Written January 01, 2008
If you loved Pan's Labyrinth you'll love this as well, it's got that same interplay between what we think is reality and what we're not sure is real... and all the clues that come together at the end but still leave you contemplating what actually happened...I actually yelled out involuntarily twice during this film, "Oh my God!" and was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Like his previous film, Guillermo Del Toro doesn't give us a happily ever after, but definitely gives us something to shake us up and really make us think! It was a flawless execution of a phenomenal script, acted to perfection by all involved, with kudos to the young Simon. If you're not a fan of sub-titles but are one of "The Shining", go see this film...you forget you’re “reading” the film just minutes in, and open your movie-going world to such outstanding choices.
Written January 12, 2008
First of all, please realize this is a foreign film! That means it will be smart, odd, and open for interpretation. Oh, and most importantly IT'S IN SUBTITLES!!!!!!!! I swear to god half the theatre walked out when they realized this bombshell. Good riddance! Mindless boobs. Now for the rest of you. This is SO much more than an american horror film. This is a daring, moving film that will stay with you long after you've left the theatre. The brilliance of most foreign films is that they don't tell you what to think. They don't always tell you, or force feed you exactly their interpretation of what happened in the film. You are free to think, to imagine, to open your mind. This film is all of that. I don't want to give anything away. This film is an experience in art. The writing, the acting, the directing, the score. It is harmonious in all accounts. I envy you for being able to experience it for the first time. This film is what movies dream of being.