It is a delight to watch a tale that hasn't been affected 'Hollywood'. I was mesmerised for the entire film.
From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis; to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king; to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.
If David Lynch and Tim Burton(at the peak of his powers) had collaborated on a movie, this magical dark and thoroughly twisted fairytale would be the result. It's an intelligent, surreal and clever movie. If that's not your thing, if you want Disney or the Huntsman, you shouldn't watch it but if you're of a mind for something more substantial and fun, enjoy and be transported.
I read positive reviews about this film when it was released at the cinema and the rental version didn't disappoint. Quirky and very enjoyable.
Really good movie. Great story's and tales.
This film is certainly an achievement and a lesson in how adaptations should be done. Based on Giambattista Basile's collection of Nepalese fairy tales it adapts only three of the fifty stories contained there in, weaving then together to create a vivid, fantastical 16th C world of dynasties and monsters. It is slow, and the weaving nature can be frustrating when a take suddenly switches to another, but the whole is rich, rewarding and memorable.
Beautiful & haunting film. Like a less tacky spanish TIm Burton film.
45 minutes in and am still trying to work out what the film is about.....it jumps around so much you are just left wondering is this someone's dream because it is just so disjointed it isn't at all enjoyable. Why did so many good actors get involved in such a dull film?
It's only slightly less boring and inarticulate than my title, only moreso.