Or, in the original Italian, Il racconto dei racconti, because it was directed by Matteo Garrone, who gave us the excellent Gomorrah. And a few others that I haven’t seen yet, but will try to get to before Tale of Tales comes out later this summer.
This new film looks a bit like some of those Guillermo del Toro movies from a few years back … but based on Gomorrah, I’m hopeful this will be even better. It’s based on a book by the seventeenth century author Giambattista Basile called The Pentamerone (at Wikipedia, anyway), or in the original Neapolitan, Lo cunto de li cunti overo lo trattenemiento de peccerille, “The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones”. That’s quite a title for the entertainment of Little Ones, and seeing Salma Hayek chow down on dinosaur sushi doesn’t lead me to believe my nieces would enjoy it.
The reviews are beginning to come in, and while the critics don’t seem to be overwhelmingly enthusiastic, I’ll hold out hope until I see it myself.