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Quick Review: Tale of Tales


Another week another solid movie hitting theaters that screened at Fantastic Fest last year. I’m a bit surprised this one isn’t getting a bigger release. My quick review from FF:

Tale of Tales
Director- Matteo Garrone
Cast- Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly

Tale of Tales is a French-Italian-British, English-language dark fantasy, loosely based on Giambattista Basile’s book, The Tale of Tales. It’s the first English-language film from Gomorrah director, Matteo Garrone. Three tales are interwoven seamlessly and the movie looks outstanding and has a strong cast considering the entire budget was less than $15 million.

The tale with Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly is my favorite of the three. Unable to conceive, the queen and king see a necromancer and are told that they must find a giant sea monster, cut its heart out, have a virgin cook it, and feed it to the Queen. Then she’ll become pregnant — but at a cost. Unconcerned about the cost, they set out to find the sea monster. Selfishness and its consequences are unifying themes in the three stories. I like Tale of Tales, but ironically, I feel it lacks heart. A little charm goes a long way, even if you’re crafting a dark tale.

3.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls

Tale of Tales played at Cannes in 2015 and was picked up by IFC for US distribution. It is now playing in Houston at Sundance Cinemas. Check your local listings for theaters and showtimes. Also playing on iTunes and OnDemand, but (as always) I recommend seeing it on the big screen.

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