Friday, February 14, 2014
Movie review: You might have a hard time falling in love with Winter’s Tale
It's at times touching, but the plot is haphazard.
Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) arrived on a ship. Or so he was told. Orphaned as a baby, Peter has grown up a bit on the wild side. As a thief and master-mechanic, he recently defied the big boss in town, who happens to be one evil guy with ties to the dark side. As Peter attempts to skip town, he goes to pull one last job in an Upper West Side home. Instead of an empty home, he finds Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay). Beverly is special because she is dying of consumption and doesn’t get to see much of the world. Peter and Beverly are instantly drawn together, their destinies intertwined. Can their love be the miracle that saves her? Or will she be the one to save him?
The movie also stars Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, Ripley Sobo, Matt Bomer, Lucy Griffiths, Michael Patrick Cane, Brian Hutchison, Kevin Corrigan, Alan Doyle, Jon Patrick Walker, Maurice Jones, Mckayla Twiggs, Will Smith and Eva Marie Saint.
RATING6/10 stars – I hoped to be swept off my feet but was instead left feeling lonely and confused.
Winter’s Tale is one of those films that requires suspended disbelief and an open heart to understand; and even then you might have a hard time truly falling in love with it. I personally had high hopes for this film. Amid the other Valentine’s Day releases, this one seemed to have the most promise. I wasn’t so much disappointed as I was confused at the end of the film.
There are some easy things to understand about Winter’s Tale, and some just don’t make sense. The first hour of the film, the epic love story between Peter and Beverly, makes sense. The other part, where Crowe is some demon/human trying to stop miracles and make the world miserable, doesn’t make sense. It comes out of left field, starting with a horse that can fly. I am sure in the book it was all very magical and beautiful, but on film it was more of a mess. The lumbering and clumsy story left me feeling confused.
The upside: The movie features decent performances by Farrell, Crowe and Findlay. Crowe makes one heck of a bad guy. He is creepy and dark just like you would expect him to be. Farrell and Findlay have a nice chemistry that amps up the romance level. Despite this, however, not even they can trump the inconsistent story they are living out. Oh, and the appearance of Smith as the judge a.k.a. Lucifer is laughable -- but Smith holds his own.
Don’t get me wrong: I cried at the appropriate times and enjoyed bits and pieces of it. My logical side, however, couldn’t fathom the plot when it was pieced together in such a haphazard fashion, leaving out crucial details and including whole scenes of nonsense.
I don’t think there will be many who love this film.
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