Winter's Tale begins in 20th century New York City and follows the story of a burglar, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell). After barely escaping from the persevering dark angel Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe) with his life, he intertwines paths with a young woman named Beverley (Jessica Brown Findlay). Despite being on the brink of dying, Peter and Beverley fall for each other and begin their tragic love story that ends up becoming a convoluted mess of a movie.
There was a point in time where Martin Scorsese, my favourite director, was interesting in making this movie and I am very thankful that he didn't. There really isn't a lot of positives that I can say about this film as it's all over the place. The film itself isn't entirely terrible, there are sparks of creativity here and there and seeing Will Smith on screen did bring on a few laughs, technically they're unintentional laughs, but since I had enjoyment laughing at his scene I will let it slide. The film as a whole just fell flat and ended up being three times as dull as it should have been.
Not a lot happens for the majority of the movie which makes it a real struggle to get through. The film tries to bombard us with scene after scene of soppy romance, unrealistic romance if I'm allowed to put it that way, so when the "big twist" occurs half way through, it comes as a shock and a tear jerker. This failed due to the fact that it's both in the trailer and we just don't care for the characters. The characters aren't unlikable, they're just boring to watch on screen and the film does little to make us care for them. I'm not going to demerit the film for what they showed in the trailer, but the trailer literally gave away the first two and a half acts of this film so the twist comes at no shock whatsoever.
The film is very over the top and cliché ridden. Despite the film occasionally showing glimpses of something fresh and exciting, it ends up falling into a handful of clichés and predictable moments. As well as this, the film also feels forced, out of place and over the top. Even though the film takes on themes of angels and daemons, a guardian horse that uses see-through wings to fly is very out of place and just plain dumb. Plus that's just one example of the many illogical and forced moments shoved into this already unnecessarily complex movie.
To sum up, Winter's Tale occasionally shows sparks of originality, but unfortunately ends up being dull, clichéd, over the top, predictable, illogical, forced, unintentionally hilarious and just plain unlikeable. It was a real struggle to get through.
1 1/2 Stars