Tale of Tales
Directed by Matteo Garrone
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.
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★★★★ review by Hollie Horror on Letterboxd
Lavish sets, gorgeous costume designs, fairy-tale inspired horror fantasy that is also vaguely a horror anthology as it follows the stories of three separate royal families--YES PLEASE!
Tale of Tales is filmed entirely in Italy (being an Italian/French/UK co-production) and uses the enchanting natural locations to its advantage, there are incredible practical FX coupled with some problematic CGI but it isn't bad enough to really hinder the visual feast.
I was completely lost in this movie as the lush visuals were accompanied by a beautiful, twinkling score by Alexandre Desplat, I'm sure I'll return to it again as it hit all of my nostalgic '80s buttons that are clearly marked and labeled: FANTASY HORROR GORE DRAAAAMA!
★★★★ review by Gabriele Capolino on Letterboxd
Somewhere between Pasolini and Game of Thrones. Weird stuff. And pretty unique.
★★★★½ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd
Hauntingly beautiful but also unapologetically twisted and bizarre, Tale of Tales makes for a strong addition to both the fantasy and horror genres, with gorgeous set designs and cinematography, a wonderful score, and excellent performances, particularly from Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, and Toby Jones.
★★★½ review by PUNQ on Letterboxd
Il racconto dei racconti [Tale of Tales] (2015), three bizarre fairy tales combined. All involving kingdoms, wizardry and monsters of some sort. Grotesquely exhilarating, and not quite turning out the way fairy tales usually do. One can complain that the pacing was a bit slow and perhaps leaving more questions unanswered then necessary, but everything else was carefully constructed into an amazing fairy tale thrill for adults.
★★★½ review by Raul Marques on Letterboxd
A fairly interesting, even if not that memorable, dark fantasy film. The three simultaneous tales are consistently entertaining to watch, but there just aren't enough in them to be really invested in the characters' fates. The level of production is on pair, or at least very close, to Disney's sugary live-action adaptations of their classic animations and features a good original score from the always reliable Desplát.
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