Perfect cast and a good story
I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.
This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.
Just a blurt of ideas and images with no background whatsoever with reality! And to pay so much money for this garbage! Do something better with your life! Don't eat other people's s~~~t!
This movie is probably quite unknown by most people. I certainly had never heard of it when I stumbled on it. It is a quite entertaining little fantasy / supernatural / crime movie though. I am actually not sure what to classify at as. It starts of as a fantasy movie but is it really? The cinematics of this movie is very good. For me it was the main part contributing to the enjoyment. The small world of these villagers is cinematically beautiful, dirty and gritty at the same time. The characters themselves with their enormous moustaches and weirdly cut hair are great. The special effects will perhaps not win any awards but they were good nonetheless. I especially liked the transformation scene during the meal somewhere in the middle of the movie.The story is a bit of a roller coaster ride and sometimes it felt a bit disjointed. It was not really obvious why one scene or event was followed by another at all times. But then, taking into account the later events in the movie it was perhaps meant to be a bit disjointed and "dreamy" and I have to confess that I was extremely tired when watching this movie.The ending was a bit of a surprise. This is where the movie kind of went from a fantasy movie to more of a crime story. I have to say that I did not really see that coming until it was about to fall in my lap.There are definitely worse ways of spending two hours in the evening, especially if you like movies that are not the typical mainstream Hollywood fare.
If you're a Gogol follower - skip it. The original story ends as the movie proceeds. Yet you would definitely like to step into the new fantasy world, glamorously picturized by the talented scenarist+director. Russia/Ukraine has an awful lot to offer - the whole abyss of an amazing mythology, with stunningly scary monsters rooted in a fascinating history. While the native language speaker will certainly find the movie rather colorful and surprising, the "foreigner" will be stunned by the visualizations and enjoy the unexpected appearance of a Englishman scientist whose stepping in turns this originally "horror" scenario into a detective, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" style. Strongly recommended to those who liked "Hellboy", "Sleepy Hollow" and "The Hound of the Baskervilles"...8 out of 10
Ionut Lucian Achiricioaei
The movie is filled with symbols you can read them well if you pay close attention, also the movie is charged with morale stories. Sometimes it is required your full attention in order to extract the idea.The only drawback is that sometimes the story doesn't connect very well like the scene with the ogres, something that maybe want's to be surreal or an influence from the evil forces, a dream state that has the opposite effect on our protagonist. The movie has an original look that is one step away from the Hollywood typology. The effects look well with minor observations, the movie want's to be a horror movie but it isn't, it's a dark fantasy with religious themes. It s worth to mention that the budget was only 26 million and the results are spectacular for this amount.