"We're losing, Lucifer. One bright star at a time, we're losing.' (by gradyharp)
Writer/director/producer Akiva Goldman has adapted Mark Helprin's 1983 novel for the screen and has made it even more a work of magical realism than the book alone. The film is stunning to watch, the story has many levels of meaning that embrace the such topics as immortality, good versus evil, miracles, death and dying and transcendent love, and it is cast with a collection of superb actors who take us with them through this fantasy of time and love and redemption. There are many meaningful passages of dialogue, but one that Beverly offers is the essence of the story: ''We are <more>
all connected. Each baby born carries a miracle inside. A unique purpose and that miracle is promised to one person and one person alone. We are voyagers set on a course towards destiny, to find the one person our miracle is meant for. But be warned: as we seek out the light, darkness gathers and the eternal contest between good and evil is not fought with great armies... But one life at a time.'One summary is excellent: 'New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake Colin Farrell , orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn Jessica Brown Findlay , a young girl, who is dying. A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.' The film moves from early 1895 where parents Matt Bomer and Lucy Griffiths being refused entry into America set their infant son in a little boat to send him to America. We then are in 1914 when the above action occurs – colored by the shenanigans of Judge/Lucifer Will Smith and the evil Pearly Soames Russell Crowe . Later we follow the still living and unchanged Peter Lake to 2014, joined by Virginia Gamely Jennifer Connelly as he completes his miracle of saving the life of a younger redhead. A magnificent white horse plays a major role; Eva Marie Saint, William Hurt and other supporting actors are excellent. The musical score concentrates on Brahms, Berlioz, Khachaturian and others during the film – but someone opted to place a pop tune during the credits that is completely devoid of any of the graceful mystery of the film.
This is a Brilliant, Creative, Beautiful, Imaginative & romantic fantasy. The story is amazing with twists & turns and unexpected moments. It is wonderfully acted, very well directed and intelligently written. It touched everyone in the theater in the showing that I attended as it is a very emotional, sweet and sentimental movie. It is all at once a romantic movie, a fantasy, and a statement on the meaning of life. There is no time travel, but a permanence of being that pervades creation until ones task in life is complete.I do not understand the negative comments I see on this film. <more>
Pay no attention to them, just go and see it and decide for yourself. It is mesmerizing and enchanting.I highly recommend this film! 5 out of 5 stars!
This is one of those movies that is so profound that is perspective-altering. You cannot truly appreciate this move for more than a love story or a monster story if you are not a deep person. This will be a movie I show to my son and that I hope he grasps the meaning of. The cinematography was gorgeous. The score was A-MAZING. The love scenes captured romance and love between two people and not filth. It captured me from the first scene and had me wrapped until the last credit. I will be purchasing. This movie is not getting it's due. Unfortunately I feel like it is because of the level <more>
I went to see winters tale this weekend and I had so many different emotions when I watched it. First, Colin Farrell is wonderful...he's really great in this roll as a thief but also as a man who falls in love. He really makes you believe he's this character. Of course all the other actors and the surprise cameo all really worked well together. Not gonna lie I cried a few different times in the movie, I laughed, and felt so many other things while watching. I'm also a secret hopeless romantic so this movie is great for my fellow love story lovers. Honestly I knew from the previews <more>
it was going to have a spiritual and magical story line which I really liked. It's nice to watch films that make you think afterwards and during. So don't go expecting to see a typical story line, because that's not at all what you will get. When you go see this movie which I definitely recommend, have an open mind and just appreciate what you're watching, honestly it's moving!
If you like romance, poetry and magic, you can't miss it (by j7lr)
One of the most romantic movies in years. Pure poetry and magic. It gets deep in your heart. It takes you to places you've never gone. Time doesn't have a meaning, does it? Good and evil have a balance. which one will run. Both, none? I give it a 9 out of 10. Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, "Winter's Tale" is about miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman "A Beautiful Mind" , and stars Colin Farrel... If <more>
you like romance, poetry and magic, you can't miss it.
One of best movies of the year, (by laurencec1988)
The cast for this movie was perfect. To have so many good actors playing in such a love story it was a refreshing movie. The originality in this movie was nothing but spectacular. I knew by the previews that it was going to be interesting with the bit of dark and light conflicts they show in the previews. But nothing stood up to what the movie actually was. I felt like I was brought back to the days of Hook, Legend 1988 , and the classics that we wish movies were today. I believe anyone looking for a feel good movie with a villain, a love story, and adventure, this is definitely the movie <more>
for you. Please keep them coming like this.The reason I gave the film a 9 out of 10 instead of a complete 10 out of 10 was I wish the dark demon end of the film came out a bit more in the action scenes. Who doesn't like a bit more sci-fi.
Don't listen to the critics! Give Winter's Tale a chance! (by Sciu)
This movie is a breath of fresh air. That being said, you have to go into it expecting and understanding it is from the genre of "Magic Realism". I actually read the entire book by Mark Helprin, unlike most of the professional critics, so I knew what type of movie it was going to be and I had appropriate expectations. The book was around 700 pages and it wasn't a Harry Potter-type 700 pages. The novel is a very complex, wordy, difficult to read and oftentimes very confusing piece of work, jam packed with very descriptive imagery. I found myself reading parts over and over to <more>
gain an understanding of it that I still wasn't completely secure with when I was finished. In fact, most people I know have ATTEMPTED READING it, and end up abandoning the book because of the reasons I just mentioned. After I finished the book, I scoured the internet trying to find any reviews of the book to help me understand and see if I "really got it". To my frustration, you really can't find any complete reviews of the book because I'm pretty sure most people like me had a lot of confusion with the story as well!In most of the reviews I read, people are ripping Akiva Goldsman apart saying his adaptation is awful, but I strongly disagree. He had to leave out some of the aspects of the book in the interest of time For example, a whole storyline of characters from the middle of the book are missing from the film. He kept the really important parts of the novel and successfully makes them stand on their own.Leaving the theater, I feel like Goldsman's interpretation ACTUALLY CLARIFIED a lot of the book for me. Incidentally, I went to see the film with someone who had NOT read the book and knew nothing about it, and he thought it was way better that the reviews said as well. As a matter of fact, I definitely liked Goldsman's ending better than Helprin's! I finished the book with the feeling of "What? That's it??? Is my book missing pages?" The movie version is the way I wanted the book to end.Additionally, Helprin's wordy descriptions played out in my minds eye of the beautiful and the not-so-beautiful aspects of the story were brought clearly to life in the movie with the expertly executed "tug-on-your-heartstrings" musical score and cinematography. So, if you're looking for a curse-them-out, shoot-em-up, or futuristic outer space, or reality-based movie, Winter's Tale would be better rented on DVD. If you're looking for a more philosophical, romantic, thought-provoking fantasy as an escape from most of the usual movies in theaters today, it's worth the ticket price.
See It For Its Heart And Very Strong Message If You're Wondering About Love And Self-Value (by sherineyousery)
This movie is absolutely one of the strangest I've ever seen . At some point , I was even thinking I'd leave . However , at the end , I figured out this is one of the movies with a strong message I'd ever seen . Instead of giving it a one-star, I gave it an 8 .Akiva Goldsman is the one to blame in this mess . I couldn't believe how the movie was shattered , out of tone , confusing at many times , uncontrolled not in a good way and utterly stupid , not in the least sense near a fairy tale even . A fairy tale is more interesting and even more beautiful than that . The <more>
direction was a disaster . Jessica Brown Findlay shines , though . What saved it was what the movie / novel wanted to say about the value of our own selves and the value of love . We have a tendency to believe that miracles are shiny things with a lot of fantasy but actually miracles are not that . This movie will make you look at your own self as a miracle and if you're in love , it will show you how blessed you can be with your love in your life , and how saving one's soul , only by true love and loyalty , is the greatest thing you can accomplish on this earth . Simple and powerful as that .If you're someone who wants to watch themes of love discussed in good and powerful movies , this is one of the best . It doesn't differ much if you were a believer in true everlasting love or not , or even wondering about it . Try to sit through the stupid parts to enjoy the good ones , most importantly , without prejudice :
My wife and I watched "Winter's Tale" as our pre-Valentine movie date this year. I initially thought it would be an interpretation of Shakespeare's last known play. However as the film unfolded, it was clear that this was not the case. The story starts in 1895, and goes all the way up to the present time, all set in New York City. However, the main love story happens in 1916. Peter Lake is a thief who running from his former mentor in crime, Pearly Soames. Beverly Penn is a rich young heiress with flaming red hair, dying of consumption. With Pearly in hot pursuit, Peter and <more>
Beverly meet and fall in love, till one's death did them part. The story does not end there, and instead fast forwards to 2014. An amnesic man aimlessly draws a figure of a lady with long red hair everyday on the sidewalk of a park with chalk. One day, he meets Abby, a little girl who was dying of cancer. With the help of Abby's mother, he discovers who he really is, and how he can fulfill his life's miracle. But he has to contend with the forces of evil which intend to confound his plans.Colin Farrell plays Peter with his well-known and well-liked Irish rogue charm. The beautiful Jessica Brown Findlay plays Beverly with so much verve and magic. We were feeling some kind of a "Titanic"-like doomed lovers vibe as we watched the two together, which made Colin look a little too old for his role. In any case, he still managed to pull it off creditably well somehow, despite noting that his hairstyle kept on changing its look as the camera shifts within the same scene. As the devilish Pearly, Russell Crowe again shows off his acting mettle, this time as the main ruthless antagonist. His violent anger would sometimes get some Interesting yet subtle CG help to make it more demonic. He would also have a couple of well-written scenes with a surprise appearance by Will Smith, who makes an uncredited cameo as Judge Lucifer himself. Like Crowe and Smith, other Oscar-pedigreed actors make notable supporting turns. William Hurt plays Beverly's protective father Isaac Penn. Graham Greene plays Peter's sage adviser on the streets. Jennifer Connely plays Virginia, Abby's distraught mother. And the ever- glamorous Ms. Eva Marie Saint plays a centenarian who knew of Peter and Beverly's love affair. Even with her short scenes, Ms. Saint gives a most memorable, touching and dignified performance. The performances by two child actresses, Mckayla Twiggs as Beverly's spunky sister Willa and Ripley Sobo as the cancer-stricken Abby , were also remarkably good.Since we went in without knowing anything about the story, we were very surprised about the fantasy aspect of this film. When we saw that white horse for the first time, we thought it was odd. But when we witnessed the fantastic things it could do, it was amazing. The CG rendering of these special effects with the horse were mesmerizing, very well-done.The way the story was told back and forth in time can get a little confusing at first. The plot is a little too convoluted for a regular love story. But of course, this is far from a regular love story. Akiva Goldsman who won an Oscar for writing "A Beautiful Mind" adapts a novel by Mark Helprin. This is also his directorial debut for a feature film. I have not read the book so I cannot comment on how faithful he was in his adaptation. He did well though to tell a complicated tale that spans more than a century and with supernatural elements, in such a confident yet charming manner, without making everything look absurd. Most audiences would be fascinated and enchanted by its bittersweet magic. 8/10.