This new Netflix movie about a young gamer just made it into the top 10
Look out, gamers – you may see yourself a bit in the protagonist of Netflix’s new film, Too Old For Fairy Tales, the Polish coming-of-age comedy-drama dropped last week on July 18 and recently cracked Netflix’s top 10 movies list.
Netflix’s recent record on the movies side has been, well, mixed. The current #1 movie, The Gray Man, is already getting a sequel despite mediocre reviews. And the previous top of the list, Persuasion, was torn apart by critics.
Too Old for Fairy Tales (Za Duzy Na Bajki) isn’t quite on par with those films, which feature big-name stars and have been the subject of major marketing campaigns. It’s a small Polish-language project that integrates gaming and esports into a story that is ultimately about family ties.
What is Too Old for Fairy Tales about?
The film follows a talented young gamer named Waldek (Maciej Karas), who tells his story: He is an “e-athlete” who competes in Robot Rampage video game tournaments with his best friend Staszek (Patryk Siemek).
Waldek’s mother, Tereska (Karolina Gruszka), does her best to raise him on her own. Frankly, she pampers him. However, she has cancer, which Waldek does not yet know. When she has to go to the hospital for treatment, she leaves him with her crazy aunt Mariola (Dorota Kolak).
He absolutely does not understand her whims and downright hates the regime of health and independence that she imposes on him. Fudge is replaced by vegetables, computer time is sacrificed for riding a bike and cleaning the bathroom.
Meanwhile, Waldek has a big Robot Rampage tournament to prepare for. He and Staszek must sign a third player… who might turn out to be a girl?!
But Waldek’s focus on the competition wavers, as he develops a crush on Ant (Amelia Fijalkowska) and begins to realize that something is seriously wrong with his mother.
Comments on Too old for fairy tales
Too Old for Fairy Tales doesn’t even have a Rotten Tomatoes score (opens in a new tab)as it has few reviews of critics for audience members.
Decision maker John Serba (opens in a new tab) writes, “‘Nice’ is the strongest descriptor I can conjure up for this film, which is a bit too meandering for its own good and relies too much on clichés and familiarities.”
Roger Moore’s Cinema Nation (opens in a new tab) calls it “harmless, not entirely without charm”.
Romey Norton at Ready Steady Cut (opens in a new tab) says: “With an enjoyable and wholesome ending, overall this film is an easy, sweet, quirky watch. I would recommend it to younger audiences; some adults, mostly parents, might find parts to relate to .”
Jennifer Borget of Common Sense Media (opens in a new tab) writes, “While Too Old for Fairy Tales has an engaging plot, it takes a while to get to the good stuff. Waldek is really into video games, and that aspect might draw some viewers into the plot.”