Tři bratři ( Three Brothers)

Tři bratři is a Czech musical Fairy Tale film from 2014 directed by the wonderful Jan Svěrák. This film is a spinoff of some of our most beloved fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty, also known as Briar Rose, Little Red Riding Hood, and a Czech version of Cinderella. I normally do not like modern musical fantasy films that much, but I adored this film! It might have a little bit to do with the fact that I love the beautiful sing-song Czech language. I especially appreciated the sweet voice of Little Red Riding Hood. And many of the musical scenes had me squealing with delight! 😊😊

This film is not a commercial film, so there are no computerized special effects, well a very very few but nothing to speak of, something that I very much appreciate. I loved all the little well-thought out details, like the witch’s cottage on the murky pond, the big bad wolf, the beautifully folksy decorated inside of Cinderella’s house, and granny’s adorable forest cottage. Everything with its own Czech flair. I also loved the costumes and the beautiful Czech people with their make-up free angelic looks and natural hair. It is a breath of fresh air from the, in my opinion, over-glamorized Hollywood fantasy films with all their high-tech special effects. I also loved how the fairy tales were not made into politically correct modern stories. They were rather made humorous, but not in a mocking way, rather in a sweet deliciously can’t-stop-grinning-ouch-my-cheeks-hurt kind of way.😄

Tři bratři is definitely different, and might not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially those who love big Hollywood productions like the new versions of the Disney classics, but if you, like me, love seeing movies from different countries, to see a glimpse of another way of telling stories, and very unique and beautiful cinematography, then you will definitely appreciate this little gem!

Of course, five out of five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Christmas Dragon

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The Christmas Dragon is an American Christmas Fairytale Film from 2014. The film was released directly on DVD and it is not your typical ginormous budget Hollywood movie. It is a rather small film, but with a huge heart, lovely storytelling and wonderful child actors. The plot is your typical “save-the-magic-of-Christmas” plot, but it adds dragons, elves, goblins and child snatchers into the mix, and that makes it so wonderfully different!

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In the opening scene we are witness to the killing of Ayden’s (our Heroine) parents by a dragon. Six years later we meet her again, now the resident of an orphanage. One day Ayden ventures into the forest, and there she meets an elf who gives her a magic crystal, a compass that will help her save the magic of Christmas. As soon as the crystal leaves the elf’s hands he turns into a dark goblin. Meanwhile the children in the orphanage who have come of an age are being sold to the highest bidder to meet their destiny as slaves in the mines. Ayden convinces some of her friends to come with her on her quest to save the magic of Christmas and put an end to the dark times in the village. Ahead lies an adventure none of them could have expected where what the children thought of as their enemies become their most valuable helpers.

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I love this film wholeheartedly! It is sweet, magical and inspires the imagination to come up with lovely new universes! Yes, the special effects aren’t very good, but some of the sets are absolutely beautiful, and the children are such good actors! If had seen this film as a kid I would enacted the story in make-believe games over and over again, and probably made up my own stories set in the same universe. I will say though, that I think the film would have worked better as a TV series, I say this only because it would have reached a broader audience, and the fairy tale thrill of it would have allowied each episode to end on a cliffhanger which would have made it even more popular. But anyway, regardless of other reviewers, I loved the film and have already watched it twice!

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I absolutely recommend this sweet fairy film to children and adults alike!
Of course, five out of five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

La Belle et La Bete (Beauty and the Beast)

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La Belle et La Bete (Beauty and the Beast) is a French Fairy tale film from 2014 based on the famous fairy tale with the same name. The first time I watched this movie I was cruising above the Arabic Sea, happily sipping wine enveloped by white fluffy clouds. After that, I have watched it two more times, and finally ended up adding it to my own library.

Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale and this beautiful film is now right up there with my favorite fairy tale movies (alongside “Three wishes for Cinderella”). The film is a visual feast for the eye, the attention to detail in the architecture, landscaping, interior design and costumes, is just amazing!
The cinematography is stunning as well! I love the way the director (Christophe Gans) has solved the twists in the story, and the characters are styled and directed beautifully.

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I love how Belle (Beauty) is not overly sweet, but just a kind, brave, but otherwise normal girl who is put in an impossible situation. I love how the film showed how Bete (Beast) became a beast, and I loved the beautiful ending!

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I am going to watch this movie probably hundreds of times, just to dive into that fairy tale world and become absorbed in the costumes, the amazing artistry and visual beauty. Oh, and did I say that I loooove this movie! 😀

A hundred million stars! 😀 ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨

* All the images are from the movie sourced via wikimedia

Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Kiki’s Delivery Service is a Japanese fantasy children’s movie from 2014. The story is about a 13 year old witch who has to leave her parents to find a place for herself in the world. Kiki’s talent is her flying ability, and with the help of a bakery owner and a boy who dreams of flying, Kiki starts her own express delivery service. But it’s not all the inhabitants of the quaint little town Kiki has adopted as her new home, who feels the same way about witches. A rumor is spread, claiming that Kiki delivers curses, not parcels and letters, and Kiki slowly loses her confidence in herself, and as her self-belief declines, so does her magic… Will Kiki be able to find her way back to her magic? Or is her fate to live as an ordinary girl? The problem with ordinary is that Kiki doesn’t even know how to ride a bike!

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I loved this sweet little movie! The pace of the film is a bit slow, and the action will mostly excite quite small children, but what I loved were the details! The little whimsical shops, the blue and white wind mill Kiki lives in, the colorful vintage inspired clothes, the veterinarian who lives in the jungle and brews coffee in laboratory flasks, the tiny be-flowered streets with odd vintage shop signs, and the charming quirky inhabitants. I could feast my eyes on these little details forever and ever, wishing I was a witch living in that town! 😊😊.

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I highly recommend this film, especially to little kids, older children and adults might enjoy the animated version of this film produced by studio Ghibli in 1989 better. But I found this version enchanting!

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