Tale of Tales (2015)
Running Time: 133 minutes
Director: Matteo Garrone
Featuring: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson,
From Matteo Garrone the acclaimed director of 2008s “Gomorrah” comes this collection of magical stories based around some albeit obscure Italian fairytales, that will leave you awash with stylistic flourishes not seen too much in modern day cinema. It reminds one Guillermo del Toro in his prime crossed with Mary Shelley and a hint of the Brothers Grimm but much more twisted.
The film has three very separate stories each involving Kings and Queens, the first concerns a Queen played by Salma Hayek who longs for a child and so sends her husband to kill a sea monster so she may eat its heart and bear a child. The second sees Shirley Henderson use her voice on Vincent Cassel’s King to lure the King to her with tragic results and finally Toby Jones plays a King who pays more attention to a giant flea instead of his beloved daughter played by Bebe Cave.
The look of the film is gorgeous and contains a lot of eye candy and this can be put down to the ever reliable Peter Suschitzky who working with David Cronenberg over the years has probably photographed stranger things. The special effects are excellent as well and the sea monster looks like it was really in the frames.
This is a must see and highly recommended on Blu-ray as well as the big screen if possible.