Tale of Tales is a series of loosely woven together fairy stories. There's a tale of a queen desperate for a child, that of a king trying to find a husband for his daughter, and two old women fooling a king. A cautionary note for those thinking about sitting small children in front of it - there are moments of real horror. Although the original 17th Century collection they come from was known as "Entertainment for Little ones". Evidently, the children of the 1600s were likely made of tougher stuff than many of todays.
The cast is largely a mixture of character actors like Salma Hayek, Toby Jones and Vincent Cassel - and some amazing Italian locations are utilised which adds to the fresh and authentic feel of the stories.
Verdict: Darkly fun fantasy.