Tigers Are Not Afraid
Pretty openly tries to copy the Pan's Labyrinth thing of combining fairytale tropes and social-realist storytelling but mostly fails, sadly. The stuff about the kids who live almost-feral lives after their caretakers are kidnapped and killed is somewhat interesting, let down only by some typically childish overacting. But the fairytale stuff, which includes a line of blood that follows our protagonist (not the film's only One Hundred Years of Solitude reference), a menagerie of CGI man-made animals that come to life off of graffitied walls and phone cases and pistol grips, and, most effectively, the reanimated victims of the gang violence that runs throughout the film, all feels only half-baked at best. It is telling, I think, that the movie's easiest effect, a puddle full of goldfish, is also its most moving and interesting. The very ending, the last five shots or so, are great, though. I want to see more of this director's work, I just don't think this all works together.
- Slightly Scary