14 December 2016

Winter's Tale

Winter’s Tale 2014
  • Director: Akiva Goldsman
  • Based on book by Mark Helprin
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, William Hurt, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Colin Farrell – Fright Night, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, In Bruges, Daredevil,
    • Russell Crowe – Les Misérables, Robin Hood, A Good Year, A Beautiful Mind, Proof of Life, Gladiator, L.A. Confidential
    • Jessica Brown Findlay – Downton Abbey
    • William Hurt – Humans, Robin Hood, Into the Wild, A History of Violence, The Village, Changing Lanes, Sunshine, Smoke, The Accidental Tourist
    • Will Smith – I Am Legend, Wild Wild West, Men in Black, Independence Day
    • Jennifer Connelly – Creation, He’s Just Not that into You, The Day the Earth Stood Still, House of Sand and Fog, A Beautiful Mind, Pollack, Requiem for a Dream, Mulholland Falls
  • Why? The title. I know it has nothing to do with Shakespeare but it’s worth a try. Colin Farrell is good.
  • Seen: 27 November 2016      

       Destiny and magic and a long-haired Colin Farrell in New York, 2014. Sudden switch to 1895. Man, woman, child, doctor, exam, immigrants turned away. A baby left behind.
       Back and forth. A battle between good and evil, fought one life at a time.
       1916. Colin Farrell again, this time a thief, Peter (he’s the baby), running from a murderous mob, rescued by a magical white horse. Switch to Beverly, ill but her fever causes her to see radiant light everywhere. She’s alone in her mansion. Peter starts to burgle the place. She offers him tea. He falls in love. She tells him she’s dying.
       Russell Crowe is the vicious mob leader, Pearly, an agent of the devil (Will Smith).
       It’s all very romantic and magical. Exciting, violent at the end (why, oh why, these silly fistfights?) and completely unlikely. But it has its charm and it is in fact interesting and not without humour.
       It’s far from Shakespeare but it’s quite sweet. The flying white horse is cool. We could all use one of them.
3 * of 5   

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