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Review: Winter’s Tale – Valentine Viewing


Movie Review: Winter's Tale

Winter’s Tale: Valentine Viewing : Valentine Viewing

Film: Winter’s Tale

Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Will Smith, Eve Marie Saint

Director: Akiva Goldsman

Movie Review: Winter's Tale Nothing to do with Shakespeare except for the title of Harvard, Oxford, Princeton and Columbia educated Israeli soldier Mark Helprin’s novel “Winter’s Tale” on which this film is based. Akiva Goldsman, who has written and produced films like ‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘Cinderella Man’, ‘I, Robot’, ‘A Time to Kill’, and ‘Batman Forever’ adapted Helprin’s fantasy novel for his feature directing debut starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay from Downton Abbey and reteaming  his favourites Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

Love and destiny and the age-old battle between good and evil are the subjects of this story set in a mythic New York City. The narrative meanders from the 19th century to present-day Manhattan, and Goldsman chooses to retell it in flashbacks, weaving fantasy through an authentic social setting to create a story with moral implications. There is the central character, an orphaned thief Peter Lake (Farrell) who becomes a hero, verily a knight on a white steed that flies.

There is time-travel. Evil in the shape of a demonic ganglord Pearly Soames(Crowe) A dark crypt where his Master, Lucifer (Will Smith) dwells. There’s war, immigrants to America who are turned away on grounds of poor health, a newspaper editor Isaac Penn (William Hurt) wealthy loving families (Penn’s) high minded young women and perceptive little girls.

“Is it possible to love someone so completely that they simply can’t die?” The thief wants to know when he falls madly, deeply in love with someone he’s just met, someone whose home he intended to burgle but doesn’t.  His love is reciprocated by that red-haired someone who tells him immediately, that she’s never been kissed and that she’s going to die. With the gangster at his heels, an amnesiac Lake finds himself alive in present-day New York City, where food writer Virginia Gamely (Jennifer Connelly) and her small daughter help him remember his murky past, his love for Beverly Penn (Findlay).

Sentimental and saccharine in snatches, the film is redeemed by its cinematography, great music, and needless to say, the star cast. Farrell, too despite that ugly hairdo.