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Depending on how you take your twee - sparingly or, as is the case in this preciously concocted tale of English misfits, slathered like marmalade over a crumpet - it will either delight or quickly cloy.
A charming, beautifully photographed modern fairy tale about love and gardening, This Beautiful Fantastic is worth seeing in spite of its dumb deterrent of a title.
A very low-stakes fairy tale, wrapped in a strained garden metaphor.
Aboud ... works some obvious parallels as he tells the story of a timid young woman, her cranky old neighbor and the garden that separates them, but enjoyable performances keep the tale from becoming too heavy-handed.
Far too precious and eager to please to really deserve its self-description as a fairy tale.
Like its title, with those synonymous adjectives, Simon Aboud's film strings together a story that strains to be charming while actually being immediately predictable.
A slight, sweet tale about would-be novelist Bella whose life is governed by rules and checks until she tackles her overgrown garden. It doesn't even try to be subtle with the gardening and spreading your wings metaphors but its four misfits are engaging.
Writer/director Simon Aboud's film turns out much as you would expect it to, saved by the warmth and expertise of a cast - particularly Andrew Scott as a cook who defects from Alfie to Bella - who deserve better material than this pleasing trifle.
An ostensible fairy tale of the creative life in London that tries too hard to be eccentric, while also trying too hard to be grounded and realistic. This is one of those idiosyncrasies that you really can't have both ways.
A sweet story.
This Beautiful Fantastic wants to have it both ways: the odd-duck, pretty girl who changes the lives of the men around her for the better, but who is also the main character in her own story, and the effect is murky and downright unsettling.
Slow but sweet, clichéd but charming, if whimsy's your thing you'll dig this offbeat, comedic, family-friendly, flight of fancy...
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