What a film to end 2018 with! I had never heard of this before and frankly I'm mad that no one mentioned it to me. James B Harris directs (producer of early Kubrick films) and it feels like a twisted fantasy world that could easily sit beside one of Stanley's. It's based on an odd retelling of Sleeping Beauty from the aspect of a carnival sideshow but the way the story is told and the dream-like atmosphere and deconstruction of…
Exquisite costuming and fun dance choreography but an exorbitant run time, over reliance on green screen effects (even for simple backgrounds), and a cast of unlikable characters makes it a hard movie for me to love. Probably only for big fans of the main actors because there doesn't seem to be much crossover appeal for me as a noob to this genre.