Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones (to name but a few.)
This film is a visual feast for the eyes. It follows three Italian fairytales, that are specifically geared towards adults. (Do not take children to see this.)
I really enjoyed the three individual tales, they each offered something different. Being aimed towards adults really meant that they didn’t hold back on anything, and I feel like this attitude really added to the atmosphere and type of world they were trying to create.
I won’t ruin too much – the trailer linked above gives you a very good idea of what you’ll be in for, for the 2 hours and 13 minutes that this film lasts. (Although I will tell you this: my favourite story is the one about the two old sisters and the sex-pest king.)
I only had one slight negative about the film – that it was slightly too long in parts, and too short in others. But I do feel like they could have tried to make the stories told slightly tighter, but only just.
Tale of Tales really is a great opportunity to get lost in another world for a couple of hours. The film feels like a passion project, rather than created with the end goal to make money, and that works completely in its favour. The film is visually stunning, has stories (although fantastical) that we can all relate to and really explores, at its core, when the magic and beasts are swept aside, what it means to be human.
There are definitely certain films that you have to see on the big screen and this is one of them. For me, it’s a definitely go see.