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overall a good film, but has its flaws
All in all, I'd say Otasanek / Little Otik / Greedy Guts was a pretty good film. Not Svankmajer's best by any means (that honor is reserved for his masterpiece, Alice / Neco z Alenky), but a good effort all the same. While some of the camera-work at times felt slightly awkward, the acting was overall pretty good. Keep in mind that it is a lower-budgeted foreign independent film, so it does not come anywhere near having a clean-cut and polished "Hollywood" feel to it (for me, that's a plus, however I realize many other people do not feel the same). When all is said and done, its a pretty good treatment to a Czech fairy tale, has several humorous scenes but there were a number of times when I just wasn't sure whether what I was seeing was intended to be funny or serious. Svankmajer's stylistic use of stop-motion animation is interesting to watch, and also at times disturbing. As mentioned by mostly every past reviewer, the story started to drag on after a while, reaching a whopping 126 minutes before finally giving over... Little Otik is not a film I'll ever find myself watching often, nor is it something I would recommend to a lot of people (as it is not exactly something most people would be able to get into), but I personally enjoyed it, I found myself laughing at the dry, absurdist humor of certain scenes and interactions, and I believe most fans of European avant-garde film are likely to also.