Tale of Tales, a grown-up fairy tale based on several stories taken from Giambattista Basile’s Pentamerone (the earliest known collection written in Europe) is a brawling and bawdy baroque delight. Three stories are adapted and knitted together to form one larger narrative, while at the same time elements from other stories are added to the mix. What you end up with is a smorgasbord of European folklore. Giant fleas, ogres, witches, sea monsters, mysterious births, necromancers, castles, knights, Toby Jones, Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly… Something for everyone. Of course, the themes of fairy tales are universal. Despite its fantastical nature, Tale of Tales is a mirror to our contemporary concerns; generational conflict, the need to produce offspring, our obsession with beauty and appearance, Toby Jones rearing a giant flea. Those sorts of things.
Director: Matteo Garrone
reviewed in 134 words
2016 UK Box Office: 160
Tale of Tales is currently available on Amazon Prime