SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Winter’s Tale”, a mythical romance about a burglar (Colin Farrell) trying to win the heart of a woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) while battling evil forces (personified by Russell Crowe) along the way.
Definitely a romance, but Winter’s Tale is a weird, bizarre film experience. We land in a mythic New York City as the movie begins to span more than a century. We’re in a tale of miracles, destiny and the battle between good and evil. It’s based on Mark Halpert’s novel and the film has noble intentions. Colin Farrell is as good as he was in Saving Mr. Banks. Farrell is a fine actor and he plays a guy here who wants to leave his criminal past behind him. He falls in love with this doomed heiress. Now he (Farrell) is an underated actor, but (OH!) what a misguided haircut in this movie. Yuck! Farrell has to fight evil and Russell Crowe emodies that perfectly in the film. Really evil personified. It’s a supernatural personification of the human soul.
After the first hour, it kind of lapses into overwritten confusion. But if you’re into “overwritten confusion” in your life, then you may want to see this movie! Because it will take you on a journey, you foorget the real world. It’s got some good acting by Farrell and good special effects. So when you see this, you kind of get into the metaphysical and spiritual world. There is a lot of interesting actors including William Hurt who plays a strong and sad “Isaac Penn.”