The Coldness in ‘Winter’s Tale’

BY Babit de Luna

Happy Valentine's Day!  "Winter's Tale" is now showing in Philippine cinemas. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Happy Valentine’s Day! “Winter’s Tale” is now showing in Philippine cinemas. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Free movies are always awesome. So when I was invited to see Winter’s Tale, I grabbed the opportunity right away. So here are my thoughts after watching the movie.

Colin Farrell in "Winter's Tale" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Colin Farrell in “Winter’s Tale” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

• I like Colin Farrell (Peter Lake) but I felt that he was not appealing as the main lead. His acting was decent but I would probably cast a younger actor to play the role. I didn’t know how the character Peter Lake was described in the book but I would love to see a more charismatic actor playing that part.

Jessica Brown Findlay in "Winter's Tale" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Jessica Brown Findlay in “Winter’s Tale” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Jessica Brown Findlay (Beverly Penn) on the other hand was perfect for the role. She was very beautiful and her presence in the screen commanded full attention. She played the role with innocence, grace, and enigma.

Russell Crowe in "Winter's Tale" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Russell Crowe in “Winter’s Tale” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Russell Crowe (Pearly Soames) was okay for me. Well he’s a lot better here compared to his Javert role in Les Miserables. I think that he could’ve done more things with his role, but that maybe directorial if ever. Also, Will Smith (Judge/Lucifer) totally stole the scenes that they were together. Poor boy.

Do you believe in magic? (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Do you believe in magic? (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

• The magic realism style used in the film was not able to convince me. Most of the time it’s actually, uhm, corny.

Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell in "Winter's Tale" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell in “Winter’s Tale” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

• The theme good vs. evil as used in the production design (black vs. white) was a bit of an overkill. I didn’t like it. Wait for the final fight scene and tell me if I’m wrong about this.

Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell prepare for battle in "Winter's Tale" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell prepare for battle in “Winter’s Tale” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

• The early 1900s New York feel was well executed though. Except for the scoring that reminded me of One Day.

Eva Marie Saint in "Winter's Tale" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Eva Marie Saint in “Winter’s Tale” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

• Well if you’re a sucker for some cheesy lines, the film won’t disappoint you. Most of these lines were heard via voice over (Willa or Beverly? I am not sure). Speaking of Willa (Eva Marie Saint), I wasn’t sure if she looked like more than 100 years old when she appeared in the story. Well she looked 90 years old anyway. And her scene with Peter made my cry. It made me forgive the director.

A lot of elements surely did not work in Winter’s Tale. But if you believe in miracles, destiny, and finding your one true love, then you have to see this film. Just don’t expect a lot of scenes from Matt Bomer; you will be disappointed.

Director/Screenplay: Akiva Goldsman
Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Eva Marie Saint, Will Smith, William Hurt, Ripley Sobo, Matt Bomer, Lucy Griffiths, Finn Wittrock
Running time: 2 hr 9 min
Based on: Novel of the same name by Mark Helprin

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. (Official synopsis)


Winter’s Tale
, distributed by Warner Bros., is now showing
in Philippine cinemas.

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