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Film review: Winter's Tale

On February 13, 2014

By Sophia Whitfield

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Roses are on display in every florist in the country and romantic movies are heading to the cinema. Winter's Tale has been released just in time.

Set in New York City, Winter’s Tale is about destiny and miracles. It stretches across time, spanning more than a century. Starring unlikely lovers Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), a master thief, and the beautiful and wealthy Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), it is an unexpected love story.

Peter Lake breaks into Beverly’s house to steal from her family. He never expected to be offered tea by a striking young woman afflicted with consumption. His love for Beverly is immediate, but her illness and his situation make a relationship untenable. Peter is being hunted by Pearlie Soames (Russel Crowe), his one-time mentor, the demonic being who raised Peter and taught him the tricks of the trade. Peter must escape Pearlie’s ire and save Beverly from her impending death. Will he have one miracle left for the girl with red hair?

William Hurt plays Beverly’s father, a well respected editor in chief of the newspaper, and Will Smith takes on the role of Lucifer, the figure head Pearlie must beg to chase down Peter Lake.

Winter’s Tale marks the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin.

This is an ambitious film, with stunning imagery. Goldsman has created a world built somewhere between fantasy and reality, full of characters we would expect in a Dickens novel.

If you feel like a romantic movie this Friday then this could be the film for you.

Winter's Tale is released in Australian cinemas today.

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