‘Winter’s Tale’ Trailer: Colin Farrell’s Love Will Never Die

Published 10 months ago by , Updated March 21st, 2014 at 9:47 pm,

Akiva Goldsman is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, whose body of work ranges in quality from A Beautiful Mind and I Am Legend to Lost in Space and Batman and Robin. For that reason, it might be for the best to walk on eggshells, when it comes to expectations for Goldsman’s upcoming feature-length writing/directorial debut, Winter’s Tale.

The newly-unveiled Winter’s Tale trailer strikes the sort of wondrous and uplifting tone one might anticipate, based on Goldsman’s previous dramatic output as a writer (for additional examples, see Cinderella Man). Story-wise, the preview does a fine job of outlining the basic setup – featured in the source novel written by Mark Helprin – wherein a middle-aged Irish burglar named Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) encounters a mysterious young woman, as he attempts to rob a mansion on the Upper West Side of New York, circa 1916.

Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) portrays the dying Beverly Penn, whom Farrell’s character falls in love with, even as he remains on the run from his longtime enemy, gang leader Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). Admittedly, from there the trailer starts to become more vague (for those unfamiliar with Helprin’s novel, anyway), by only hinting at the supernatural elements that result in Peter being alive – yet suffering from memory loss – in present-day Manhattan. (That includes Athansor, the mysterious white horse who becomes Peter’s guardian angel across time and space.)

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Winter’s Tale seems like a pretty straightforward and un-ironic piece of magical realism storytelling; as opposed to, this week’s equally-sentimental, yet more self-aware addition to the sub-genre, the British time-travel rom-com About Time.

Goldsman is no stranger to blending fantastical scenarios with more emotionally-grounded character drama – he was a longtime consulting producer on Fringe and wrote/directed a handful of episodes – but his previous work makes it harder to guess if Winter’s Tale will turn out more heart-warming (no pun intended) … or just saccharine. If nothing else, the film should look quite handsome, courtesy of picturesque cinematography by Caleb Dechanel (The Passion of the Christ) and solid production design by Naomi Shohan (The Lovely Bones).

Rounding out the star-studded cast for Winter’s Tale is Jennifer Connelly (Noah), Matt Bomer (White Collar), William Hurt (The Host), Kevin Durand (Fruitvale Station), screen legend Eva Marie Saint and the ex-Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith.

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Winter’s Tale opens in U.S. theaters on February 14th, 2014.

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  1. I don’t know about that, reminds me of Time Travelers wife which I had to endure once and once was enough.

    Oh and Crowes accent is awful as well.

    • This looks nothing like Time Travelers Wife

    • Ha, yup, Crowe and singing, dancing, accents, he just can’t do! But it looks alright to me and I’m not into these types of movies.

      • Don’t remember any dancing involved in Les Miz so I guess you are just speculating (he may have ballroom prowess for all we know). What I don’t have to guess at is that he is one of the finest actors working today.

  2. EddieFelson im sorry but you are wrong the trailer shows a beautiful and magical movie im sure will delight many fans of the novel and people who never heard of it before now,guessing it will be one of the better films of 2014

    • In your opinion, in my opinion it looks sh*t! If people like it good but its not for me. Contrary to popular belief this site actively promotes the right to voice an opinion.

  3. Will Smith is seriously in this? He’ll take the 4th lead in this piece of crap, but wouldn’t play Django because “django wasn’t the lead”? Starting to really doubt this man’s decision-making.

    • I think he just used that as an excuse because Django had a certain word in it, that was said alot, & he doesnt like that word.

  4. I thought will smith was supposed to be in this. I just never saw any pictures of him on set, and he’s even missing in the trailer. I would at least think they would have a brief mention/shot of him. He must have a really small role which is funny because i though will only wanted starring roles in movies.

  5. According to IMDB Will Smith plays “judge”. Not even a named role. :)

    Matt Bomer and William Hurt and even Eva Marie Saint.

  6. Looks awesome. Farrell is a really underrated actor and this looks like a choice role for him. Looking forward to it. Oh, Crowe’s accent seemed spot on to me. (just an opinion)

  7. What is up with farrell’s hair lol

  8. If you have no idea this is based on a book, it will come look like yet another period-piece date-night film.
    If you know the source is one of the best books ever written, you’ll be gut-shot and crushed at the schmaltzy empty non-thing this generic steamy pile seems to have become. Nothing in the trailer is as intense or as beautiful or strangely brilliant as the book.

    Bravo, corporate Hollywood- your money people successfully co-opted and ruined a work of art yet again.

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