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The Cannes Film Festival started yesterday as most of you you may know and one of the first films shown on this Festival was Sleeping Beauty, A film based on a formerly blacklisted screenplay that was is currently in the official competition. These would all be signs that this would be a GREAT film... Am I right?
Earlier today I stumbled on a very bad review of this film. So, suddenly i was curious about what the overall response to this film was and it received a shocking amount of negative reviews. First there is http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/771239978/ - Rotten Tomatoes which lists only 2 reviews at this point (both of them Rotten). But knowing that Rotten Tomatoes doesn't place every review on their site, I decided to do a more thorough search for reviews and found a lot of negative reviews on sites like http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/cannes-sleeping-beauty-has-sex-nudity-and-its-boring-27305 - TheWrap , http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/sleeping-beauty-cannes-review-187555 - The Hollywood Reporter , http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/12/us-film-sleeping-idUSTRE74B0Q020110512 - Reuters , http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/cannes-movie-review-sleeping-beauty-2012 - RopeofSilicon , http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/cannes-2011-woody-loves-p_b_860847.html - Huffington Post , http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/reviews/cannes-2011-review-julie-leigh-sleeping-beauty.php - Film School Rejects and http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/latest-reviews/sleeping-beauty/5027326.article - Screen Daily . And just a handfull of mixed/positive reviews from sites like http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/may/12/cannes-film-festival-sleeping-beauty-review - The Guardian , http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured/posts/review-sleeping-beauty-offers-sexually-supercharged-role-for-sucker-punch-star-emily-browning - HitFix and http://www.indiewire.com/article/2011/05/11/cannes_review_sleeping_beauty_puts_emily_browning_in_a_sexually_unnerving_p - IndieWire .
I just have to say that this baffles me. I always considered Cannes to be a very credible film festival. A place were (unlike the oscars) it really is about the quality of the films. So how did a "bad" film like this become part of the official selection at Cannes? Why did they choose this film over the thousands of other entries? Did Cannes make a mistake? Am i to quick to judge and should i wait for more reviews to come in? Is the film too arthouse for American critics (bulls**t theory... I know)? What do you think? (the general "you", as in everyone with an opinion about this)