- What is this movie about?
Thomas Kaiser inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations, only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as “protector”, the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay, Thomas must unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose, held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams…
- Why should you (maybe) watch it?
Now that we are being overflowed by Disney live actions is good to discover the not so subtle versions of these fairy tales, and if they show a darker more horrific side, the better, as is the case for this one. The trailer looked promising and showed how the movie was being presented.
That said, we know how trailers deceive us. And this is one clear example. The best part of the movie is the beginning. Where we are presented with the characters and their story. Where we are shown that there is a curse in the main character’s family regarding a property they have. In parallel he is starting to dream of a sleeping girl who constantly asked him to wake her up. It’s in these dreams where the best esthetic of the movie is viewed: vivid colors that resemble a gothic tale to present us the Sleeping Beauty of the tittle. Then on reality the shades are darker, because we are in a horror and thriller movie, until there good.
It’s past the first half hour that the movie starts losing it’s path. Presenting new characters and their stories it’s what makes us forget about the original story and just want be done with it. A real pity, as it got our attention and while we watch more of the movie, our attention goes (sadly) to the watch. There are some scary moments but by that point we really don’t care anymore. And then there is that end that you probably guessed at some point of the movie.
This movie started promising and then all went downfall. It is really a pity as the material where it took the inspiration deserved better, not that rushing end that we don’t know anymore what we were looking at. A movie to watch if you want to see what the trailer presented to you but without having high expectations. Just something to watch and probably forget about.