A fun little movie which would be perfect if I was 5 years old. A mash-up of many fairytales some of which I didn't even know but nontheless made quite a unique final product. The super low budget effects and the pro-wrestling levels of acting only add to the charm of the film. In conclussion, one and a half hours well spent.
If you watch this with your adult’s eyes, certainly you’ll find it a bit childish. Weird, sentimental and fantasist. Not my favorite style in Russian cinema but it is a pearl of colorful aesthetism. If you like Viy (1967) you won’t be disappointed. Enjoyable Christmas movie.
It's an acquired taste, I think. The more Russian comedies I see, the more I'm getting used to the hyperactive broad comedy so prevalent in Russian cinema. This one, with its exceptional ethereal lighting, impressive cinematography and sumptuous outdoor locations has won me over despite the cheap costuming, poor special effects, and in some cases, bad acting. Somehow the film redeems itself with its magical charm.