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‘Winter’s Tale’: Goldsman brings Helprin’s novel to life

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‘Winter’s Tale’

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This strange love story that will span a century keeps a man determined to save his one true love. With tragic circumstances surrounding this unusual tale, our hero must find a way to discover the meaning of his existence. This magical story includes mysterious instances that help the characters find their way.

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When a small time thief, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), meets a young woman while robbing her New York home, he unexpectedly finds true love. This amazing girl that wins his heart is Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), the daughter of New York’s largest newspaper owner Isaac Penn (William Hurt). When he finds out that she is dying he is determined to do whatever it takes to save her.

On the run from his former friend and boss Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe) because of a large debt, Peter is determined to get the money he owes him. With help from his guardian angel white horse, he is able to elude Pearly. Knowing that things are heating up Peter decides to follow Beverly to her family’s upstate cottage in hopes to keep them safe. His love for her is so strong that he will do anything to try and win her heart even until the ends of time.

Things begin to get grim for Peter when Pearly visits the Judge (Will Smith) to get the approval for him to leave New York and to pursue Peter and Beverly upstate. The confrontation between Peter and Pearly start to get intense to where his life is in danger. After their confrontation on a bridge, he finds himself in the future where he meets Abby (Ripley Sobo) and Virginia Gamely (Jennifer Connelly) and they together find that they need each other to stay alive.

Director and writer Akiva Goldsman brings us this strange love story that is based on a novel, written by Mark Helprin in 1983, that also takes place in a mythical New York City. He brings these characters from the novel and their magical story to life. Goldsman also does a good job displaying the 1895 and 1914 New York City skyline and makes it seem so real. Finally, he keeps true to the book and presents it well on the screen.

The film had an interesting approach to a different kind of love story, but became unclear as the story went along. It was definitely an original idea that had our characters trying to save their lives against an undefeatable force, but the story got lost when Peter ended up in the future. It still was fun to watch, and definitely a worthwhile film.

Final Grade: I give this a C- for its interesting storyline and excellent landscapes.

Release Date: February 14th 2014

Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Will Smith, Eva Marie Saint, and Jennifer Connelly.

Director: Akiva Goldsman

Writer: Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), and Mark Helprin (novel)

Runtime: 118 minutes (1 hours and 58 minutes)

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality.

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, and Romance.

Production Company: Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros., and Weed Road Pictures.

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