While it is common knowledge that the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work was directed by Peter Jackson such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. However, the films owe their success to a lot of other brilliant minds in on the project and include Fran Walsh, who is also Peter Jackson’s partner in life and has produced with him two children, and then there’s Andy Serkis whom we all remember well as Gollum from Lord of the Rings and is now an assistant director for The Hobbit as well as reprising his role as the hobbit-turned-ghoul Gollum again. But one of the most notorious minds to join the project is of course Guillermo Del Toro, one of the bigger visionaries of the fantasy genre in films.
Guillermo Del Toro is also no stranger to the fantasy genre and has directed quite a number of successful fantasy films of his own. Some of his more renowned works include that of Hellboy based on the comic book by Mike Mignola. It follows the story of a demon (the titular Hellboy) who is raised by humans and was nurtured into becoming a force of good instead of evil. Funded and equipped by the US government to deal with supernatural threats, he goes on to face various enemies such as Nazis and what not.
Then, later on, Guillermo presents us with Pan’s Labyrinth, another story that has to do with corrupt and power-hungry military officers from World War II. Pan’s Labyrinth tells the tale of the story of a young girl in Spain whose mother is about to be married to an officer of Spain’s new Fascist government during 1944 when the country was effectively divided by Left and Right Wing militias. The young girl, Ofelia, is soon befriended by the mysterious being Faun who tells her that he is looking for a lost child of the fair folk.
Finally, we have one of Guillermo Del Toro’s most awaited films of 2013, Pacific Rim, perhaps every bit as anticipated as The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. The film features giant robots fighting enormous monsters and is stated to be Guillermo Del Toro’s tribute to both giant robots and enormous monsters of popular culture as popularized by anime and Godzilla. One can even wonder how Smaug himself would fare if he had somehow found himself in the movie.