WINTER’S TALE: THE REVIEW

It is that time of the year again, Valentine’s Day, the time to remind me I have not gotten a Valentine’s Card in over 10yrs, have not had a partner in close on that same amount of time and consider wrist slashing when seeing the photos of all the roses being delivered to friends on my Facebook wall. It is also the time that Hollywood has to release some romance movies as they think you must have a Valentine’s Movie to take your date to for the night. I just wish they would release more things like LOVE ACTUALLY 🙂 Anyway, in the true spirit of Valentines I took my ex to the media screening of this, we are much better as friends 🙂 We did a nice meal, in 20mins so had to take half of it as takeaway, he picked over everything to ensure it was all vegan and I pigged out on pork belly. The perfect couple really to enjoy this film, WINTER’S TALE.

 

Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe, Ripley Sobo, Mckayla Twiggs, Akiva Goldsmith, Jason King, Salty Popcorn, Winter's Tale, Winter's Tale Review, Mark Helprin
WINTER’S TALE – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW – COLIN FARRELL AND JESSICA BROWN

 

Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, WINTER’S TALE is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film stars Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar (R) winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). “Winter’s Tale” also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”). The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award (R)-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin. Goldsman is also producing the film with Marc Platt (“Drive”), Michael Tadross (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Tony Allard (Showtime’s “The Baby Dance”). The executive producers are Kerry Foster and Bruce Berman. The behind-the-scenes creative team includes five-time Oscar (R)-nominated director of photography Caleb Deschanel (“The Passion of the Christ,” “The Patriot”), production designer Naomi Shohan (“Constantine,” “I Am Legend”), costume designer Michael Kaplan (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Star Trek”) and editors Wayne Wahrman (“I Am Legend”) and Oscar (R) nominee Tim Squyres (“Life of Pi,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). The music is composed by Oscar (R) winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King,” “Inception,” “Man of Steel”).

 

Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe, Ripley Sobo, Mckayla Twiggs, Akiva Goldsmith, Jason King, Salty Popcorn, Winter's Tale, Winter's Tale Review, Mark Helprin
WINTER’S TALE – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW – COLIN FARRELL AND JESSICA BROWN

 

And with that resume it is a shame this film is so disappointing. Well, to an extent. Firstly, the acting, is actually superb. I loved every person in this film. Farrell is so convincing in this, I loathed his hair though. He fully had me on board, and he made me cry, this is a good sign. I even enjoyed Russell Crowe in this, normally not a fan, but found his brooding evilness enjoyable. He was pretty much just playing an Angel of Darkness version of Javert in this, minus the singing thank the Angel of Light. The entire audience had a nice chuckle at Will Smith turning up as Lucifer and Jennifer Connelly is a shining light onscreen for me. The young girls Mckayla Twiggs and Ripley Sobo are great onscreen and I always enjoy a bit of William Hurt, love that voice. I have to say though, I have never seen the show DOWNTON ABBEY but I will now. Jessica Brown Findlay out acted everyone onscreen. She was just amazing, I was mesmerised, she was like a sprite. And that hair, Toby informs me a wig, was nearly a character of its own and makes up for that savaged fringe of Farrells :). I actually had a few little thoughts of Jack and Rose (Titanic) watching these two. Although sorry Colin, you are no Leo. I did find that Colin Farrell hardly ever ages, he is one beautiful man and can actually do the romantic role very well.

 

Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe, Ripley Sobo, Mckayla Twiggs, Akiva Goldsmith, Jason King, Salty Popcorn, Winter's Tale, Winter's Tale Review, Mark Helprin
WINTER’S TALE – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW – JESSICA BROWN

 

But, sensational acting aside, the film is incredibly weak beyond that, sure, it is romantic, it is remotely believable and it is something you take your grandma to see as she will love it. More “buts”, BUT, the use of angels and demons in this is just out of place, I have no idea why? OK – it was in the book by Mark Helprin, but it is so under-utilised it comes across as pointless and WHY??????? Pearly’s (Crowe) motivations for consistently wishing to destroy Lake’s (Farrell) existence is beyond weak. Sure he wishes to destroy a miracle because he is all about the glass half empty and that is his nature, but it meant nothing. Also, Gamely’s (Connelly) ease of belief at the impossible and her jumping to support him immediately with a dying child that has just had a seizure is bordering on ludicrous and threw all credibility out the window. If the Connelly and Farrell characters had more time to bond then maybe I could have believed this but I snorted by this stage and then other things started pissing me off. For example, how did Lake manage to get back to the train station to box up his stuff after Beverly’s death? What was the point of Lucifer warning Pearly about star light? And how the hell does the age of Willa even make sense, Toby did the maths, and it would appear that Willa, while still an active Editor in Chief of a newspaper, must be well over 100. All of this silliness unravelled the joy of the film for me and I could not look beyond it. The entire battle of good V evil then became pointless.

 

Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe, Ripley Sobo, Mckayla Twiggs, Akiva Goldsmith, Jason King, Salty Popcorn, Winter's Tale, Winter's Tale Review, Mark Helprin
WINTER’S TALE – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW – COLIN FARRELL AND JESSICA BROWN

 

I do have to mention the horse dog though, just mystically beautiful and I would love to see more of a film with these characters in it. Now, this film, WINTER’S TALE (or if in the U.S. – A NEW YORK WINTER’S TALE – shakes head) releases in time for a Valentine’s date. It is releasing this THUR 13th in Australia. No offence to the intentions of this film but for Valentines I recommend some peach pie making sexiness with Winslett and Brolin in LABOR DAY, some naked Zac Efron horizontally pissing into a toilet in ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? (or better named in the U.S. – THAT AWKWARD MOMENT)  or for me, sex with Siri in HER :).

WINTER’S TALE is out THUR 13TH in Australia, is rated M and runs for 118mins.

 

2 and a Half Pops