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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Spotlight: The Orphanage - produced by Guillermo del Toro

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Though Guillermo del Toro did not direct The Orphanage (That distinction goes to first-timer Juan Antonio Bayona), he did produce and was a primary financier of the film.

The movie is so much in his style though that it feels like a sequel to Pans Labyrinth, and a lot of people will go on thinking he directed. It's subtitled, but that doesn't take a thing away from it. The Orphanage plays out like a fairytale about mistreated orphan children.

It is a plotting story that rewards you for sticking through to the end, if you make it through some slow spots. I loved its originality, and you will too.

The amazing, and saddening part of it though is that New Line Cinema has already bought the rights to an English-language remake with Guillermo del Toro as producer. I hadn't heard about it until just now, and I personally think The Orphanage comes as close to perfect as it can... I can't see a reason for a remake other than just to make money.

The director Bayona feels the same way: "The Americans have all the money in the world but can't do anything, while we can do whatever we want but don't have the money" and "The American industry doesn't take chances, that's why they make remakes of movies that were already big hits".

All I can say is, see the original now before it gets blasphemed by New Line.

Spotlight: Guillermo del Toro

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