Review: the fantasy romance ‘Once Upon a Time’

The fantastical, childish Chinese romance Once Upon a Time is a great example of a campy work that takes things far more seriously than it should. One of two adaptations of the novel Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms to happen in China this year (the other being a well liked, but controversial television series), Once Upon a Time has an intriguingly outlandish, labyrinthine premise and little idea what to do with it all outside of giving viewers a lot of corny sentimentality and gorgeous visuals.