The Talented Guillermo del Toro

One of my favorite filmmakers is Guillermo del Toro.  I was disappointed to hear that he won't be directing The Hobbit, but I'm looking forward to his remake of Frankenstein and his rumored guiding hand on the television reboots of The Incredible Hulk and The Munsters.  He is also a bestselling author, writing a very entertaining vampire trilogy with Chuck Hogan -- The Strain, The Fall, and the yet-to-be-released final book.

His films are fantasy at the genre's finest, directed and produced with such skill that even critics who hate speculative fiction would be hardpressed to dismiss.  He helms franchise pictures and turns them into quality standalone entertainment.  Blade II was a giant leap above what had already been a solid production that arguably launched the current superhero movie trend.  His early films, Cronos and The Devil's Backbone, are low-budget horror classics. Even the much-maligned Mimic starring Mira Sorvino wasn't that bad.

His adaptation of the Hellboy comic book was pitch perfect, full of emotion and a well-written storyline.  His sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, was, in the eyes of many, even better.  It amazes me how del Toro can take such far-fetched ideas and characters, which in lesser hands would be outright laughable, and make them full of human emotion and heart. 

If you have any doubts about del Toro's talent, take a look at his Academy Award nominated masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth.  On the surface it's a story about a girl who deals with the real world's brutality by escaping into her imagination, but beneath all the beautiful and at times horrific fantasy imagery, there is rich symbolism and an anti-war message unmatched in contemporary cinema.

Guillermo del Toro is still a young moviemaker and has a long career ahead of him.  I look forward to the many gems still to come from his unmatched imagination.


James said…
... And don't forget El Orfanato (The Orphanage), El laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) among others.
Very Talented and a REALLY Kool Kat 2 meet. Great piece Nick. ;)