22. Tale of Tales (2015), BD, FTV
Hmm... what can I say about this movie?
Well, it's unusual. That's for sure. Not exactly your run o' the mill fantasy adventure (see The Hobbit or LOTR). And I certainly enjoyed seein Ms. Hayek in this. A very different sort of role for her.
The movie also has some striking visuals. But it also suffers from the same murkiness in darker scenes as many other digitally shot movies I've seen. The contrast between this and some of the older films made by Hammer or Roger Corman I've been watching lately is quite striking. The older stuff shot on film is almost always more appealing to my eye.
Many of the FX are practical. And there was clearly a great deal of effort and attention to detail that went into making this movie. It's just a shame they couldn't step up and capture it in a better format, because a good portion of the visual splendor in the costumes, sets and art direction is lost in the muddiness of the digital images.
The story is a bit of a jumble, which doesn't seem to completely resolve. But it's a good jumble imo. It takes its time getting where its going though, and may stretch some people's patience a bit.
The music score is subdued for the most part, and usually manifests as a kind of rhythmic cadence, that comes and goes throughout the film. Sound quality is good.
There are definitely some elements of horror in it, and some interesting creature FX (which I won't post). But it fits pretty squarely into the "dark fantasy" category, along with films like Pan's Labyrinth, and Excalibur. Its style is more "Baroque" than either of those films though.
And (as mentioned in my previous post), there is a fair amount of nudity and other adult-oriented content in this. So it's not one you'd want to share with your kids. At least not until they're more growed up.
All in all, it was a mixed bag for me.