Sunday, 16 February 2014

Film Review - Winter's Tale

Stone Cold 

Film: Winter’s Tale

Cast: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay

Directed by: Akiva Goldsman

Duration: 1 hr 58 mins

Rating: * *

Oscar winning screenplay writer (A Beautiful Mind) Akiva Goldsman makes his debut as a director with Winter’s Tale which he has adapted from the novel by Mark Helprin.  Meant to be a love story, there is so much mumbo jumbo here about people turning into stars after death , destiny, universe, miracles, and there is also a flying horse. And no, Deepak Chopra had nothing to do with the film.

Spanning a period of almost hundred years from 1915 onwards, Peter (Colin Farrell) is a thief who breaks into a house and falls in love with a woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) who is terminally ill. Pearly (Russell Crowe) is a demon in the form of a gangster who wants to kill Peter before a miracle can be started.After their encounters in the past the story moves to present day where Peter is still around and so is the demon. And also the winged horse sent by God to help Peter.

You lose interest in the plot right from the beginning; it starts off on a rather dull note and continues in the same vein. All the fantasy and mysticism is even less credible than a fake preacher. The only reason the film is bearable is because it is beautifully shot and the cast is earnest.  Pity, the story leaves you stone cold.

Published in The Navhind Times on 16th Feb 2014

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