Movie Details

Winter’s Tale

Set in 1916 and present-day Manhattan, "Winter`s Tale" follows the story of Peter Lake. Peter Lake is a Irish thief who falls in love with Beverly Penn, a dying girl who occupies one of the houses he breaks into. Lake is saved from the Irish insane gangster Pearly Soames and his gang of thugs by Athansor, a mysterious white horse who becomes his guardian angel. Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because of a love that, at first he does not fully understand, is driven to stop time and bring back the dead.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 13 Feb 2014
Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Mystery
Running Time: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Cast: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, William Hurt
Director: Akiva Goldsman
Format: 2D


Writer: Sophia Ling

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “Stardust”, “Upside Down” and “Romeo and Juliet”

Lately there's been a boom of films on the big screens that's 'based on a true story'. "Winter's Tale", which is based on Mark Helprin's best-selling novel by the same name, is a refreshing change from all the real life drama as it brings you into a world of fantasy.

"Winter's Tale" marks Akiva Goldsman's big screen directorial debut but he is no stranger to Hollywood. He won the Oscar for best screenplay with "A Beautiful Mind" and has since been involved in "I Am Legend", "I, Robot", "Cinderella Man" and many more films.

The film explores Mark Helprin's fantastical world where angels, demons, flying horses and humans co-exist. Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) plays a petty thief who falls in love with a dying Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Finlay). All this while, the demonic Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe) is hunting him down to stop him from fulfilling his 'miracle'.

The story is one that is both imaginative and intriguing with a stellar cast and crew to its credit. Unfortunately, as with many other films adapted from a novel, the film does fall short in some areas. The script was a tad too lengthy and wordy that audiences might find it tedious to keep up with the dialogue. And although the film is approximately 129 minutes long, it seems as if much of the essence from the book is lost.

The cast generally did a decent job but it was Russell Crowe's performance as Pearly that has to be the most outstanding as he offers some of the better moments in the film. If anything, audiences will be thrilled to see him go all Hulk and shove Colin Farrell off a bridge. Another notable performance was by the relatively unknown Jessica Brown Findlay who is better known as Lady Sybil in the hit British TV series "Downton Abbey". She portrays Beverly Penn with such innocence, grace and sincerity.

Even with its top of the line cast, Oscar winning scriptwriter and the grandiose orchestral score by Hans Zimmer, "Winter's Tale" falls somewhat short and ends up just being average. It is still rather charming and uplifting, but is lacking a certain 'Wow factor'. On the upside, the film does have some pretty stunning visuals. The picturesque scenery and the wintery white landscape adds to the charm and romance of New York.

The film coincidentally opens the day before Valentine's Day so if you're looking for a story about everlasting love, this is it.

Cinema Online, 11 February 2014
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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