Sunday, 23 February 2014

Movie Review - Winter's Tale

Horse needed a better name, haha.
   The timing was set for Valentine's Day, as it is befitting a fairy tale about love enduring.  The coldness in the title refers to the season the adventure takes place in, not the coldness of the story.

  Peter Lake was a thief who fate has pushed into meeting the sick Beverly .  They fall in love but forces of evil separate them and eventually destiny takes its course.

   Winter's Tale depends on the supposed great love story between Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay but their romance is almost perfect and predestined with the heat between them being present as love at first sight.  Then the story shifts and the romance is no longer an issue.  The inclusion of pure evil intervening adds complication that should have been more of a supporting role instead of taking a big chunk of the story.  To be honest though, Russel Crowe's portrayal of the villainous Soames was a high point, plus the surprise hidden baddie.

  Romance should have been easy to do but it shouldn't be taken lightly.  Winter's Tale had magic and the potential to be epic but it took its deep love for granted and expected the idea of a fantasy propelled romance to carry it through.

SPOILERS!!!  Don't read unless you've see the movie or else Russell Crowe will show his fangs.
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   The Pegasus was pretty great but the understandable lack of expression on his face kept him from being lovable, haha.  It might have been better for his character if he wasn't a murdering horse.  He killed those men over the ice.

  The final confrontation was, well, the bad guy could have had the sense to bring a gun, honestly.

   What happened with the coin flipping stable man?  What was he?

   The second part of the story really is not part of the love story.  It might have messed with expectations, which could be good to keep folks on their toes, but at least show the lady welcoming the thief in person instead of just a star representation.

   Really, too much was shown of Russell Crowe's side.  More could have been for the romance.

  Well, the little girl / old lady raising her arms was very cute.

  Matt Bomer was the father!  Haha!  I knew I recognized him, even with the beard!

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