Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, Winter’s Tale is an adaptation of the epic novel written by Mark Helprin. It is set in 1912 New York and it is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil.
Peter Lake is a thief who is on the run from his former boss Pearly Soames. His former boss is a turn-of-the- century mob boss with a bad temper and also happens to be a demon. Pearly is infuriated that Peter Lake wants to steal from people without killing them.
Peter has been seen flying on a winged white horse which is a cause of concern for demons. But what is more troubling concern for the mob boss is Peter falling in love with Beverly Penn, a recluse young heiress with wavy red hair and a beautiful smile. She speaks in poetic verses and she is dying of consumption. Her poetic verses seem like they came out of old Hallmark greeting cards; do they talk this way during that time period? I don’t think so.
The production design is bland, flat and unimaginative. The low point of the bad production design came when Pearly dons a demon mask; the mask is so bad it looks like a bad untreated rash. This is a fantasy movie and fantasy is dependent on visual design which the movie did not deliver.
The movie is an unconvincing fantasy love story that spans more than a century in New York City. This is one bad fantasy romance movie and this coming from a major movie studio.
It stars Colin Farrel as Peter Lake, Russell Crowe as Pearly Soames, Jessica Brown Findlay as Beverly Penn, William Hurt, and Jennifer Connely. Directed by Akiva Goldsman.