A Netflix Movie Review
When I first spotted this movie in the Netflix library (also suggested for me), I read the summary and figured it was one to pass over. It was fantasy, my second favorite genre but it was more than that. Tale of Tales is one of those movies that leaves you with a sense of wonder, sickly fascination and a splendid surprise. Here are my thoughts.
Tale of Tales is a telling of one by three. In Story #1, There is a mysterious kingdom, ruled by a loving king and beautiful queen. Though pleasant, the queen is depressed due to not being able to produce an heir. She'd suffered a recent miscarriage, leaving her desperate to have a child- but someone arrives and brings her the offer of a challenge. If the king does one thing, then she another, they will conceive that very night. But it comes at a price.
Story #2 is about a king who wishes to marry his daughter. She wishes to marry for love, he out of obligation to the kingdom. What happens is he develops a fascination for a creature that brings about terrible circumstances - dire to his princess and livelihood.
Story #3 tells of a woman and her sister. They're very sickly but you're not told why. Because of their illness, they're unsightly and hide away during the daylight hours. But one afternoon, the eldest sister sits outside to sing and is overheard by their lech of a king. He desires her more than any of his other concubines and seeks her out. He lavishes her with gifts but the issues that ensure share a lesson on greed and sexual immorality!
Each story is grim and to say there's a happily ever after is a matter of opinion. This dark fantasy, taken from Italian fairytales set you in mind of the popular readings by Grimm. There are parts that cause you to cringe, feel great sympathy and then there's the shock. You can't have dark fairy tales without shock factor. Each story is brought about with great detail and emotion. I found I couldn't understand much of the story- I could only go along with what took place. You can't figure it out!
Take a peek at Tale of Tales, available on DVD as well as Netflix. I'm off to the next movie! Cheers.
*All images found via Google.
Tale of Tales
Directed by Matteo Garrone
Starred Selma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly and Shirley Henderson
Produced by Matteo Garrone, Jean Labadie and Jeremy Thomas
Based on Pentamerone by Giambattista Basile
Released April 2016
Runtime 2h 14m
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