Director: Akiva Goldman
Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay
It's difficult to categorise Winter's Tale into a genre, as it's seemingly a 'dark fairytale' comprising of drama, romance, mystery, fantasy and horror with supernatural themes.
This weird story of miracles, magic, destiny and the battle between good and evil is set in Manhattan spanning over 2 time periods - 1916 and present day.
Colin Farrell plays Irish master thief who attempts to rob the house of a dying young heiress but quickly falls in love with her. Upon her death he attempts to restore her life and the journey takes him into the future.
This movie had potential with spectacular cinematography, a beautiful musical score and a great supporting cast including Russell Crowe, William Hurt and Will Smith. However the film failed to impress owing to daunting storytelling techniques and a complex screenplay which caused much confusion.
Truncating a 1000 page book into a two hour film script would be an unenviable task for any screenwriter and was obviously a problematic task. Interest faded quickly as the complexities detracted from the movie.
Only audiences who were marvelled by the utter confusion and vagueness of Cloud Atlas will find Winter's Tale a thoroughly rewarding experience. JAKE