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Akiva Goldsman’s screenwriting résumé makes for curious reading. On the one hand, here we have someone who penned the Oscar-winning screenplay for A Beautiful Mind; on the flipside, he also helped write 1997’s Batman & Robin, widely regarded (with good reason) as one of the worst superhero films ever made. For his latest project – an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s beloved novel A New York Winter’s Tale – Goldsman takes on directorial duties for the first time in addition to writing and producing, and there’s little doubt as to which column this film resides.
The nonsensical narrative revolves around Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), an orphaned thief in 19th century New York who is on the run from his demonic mentor Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). Seemingly cornered by Soames’ gang, Peter escapes with the assistance of a magical flying white horse (which he promptly dubs ‘Horse’). On his way out of town, »
- Amon Warmann
A New York Winter’s Tale hits UK cinemas tomorrow 21st February and we got to sit down with the captain of the ship, Akiva Goldsman who wrote and directed the movie which stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matt Bomer, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Kevin Durand and Will Smith.
Ben Mortimer asks the Fringe director about how he struck a balance between the real and fantasy world that he’s created in the movie, how they got the cinematography right and enlisting the skills of veteran Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel.
If you’ve missed our coverage of the movie, click here to see our interviews from the UK Premiere, the trailer and much more.
Synopsis: New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. »
- David Sztypuljak
Angels and demons. A man who doesn’t age. A snow-white pegasus. Colin Farrell’s hair. In every respect, “Winter’s Tale” is a movie rife with mysterious and unexplainable phenomena — elusive supernatural occurrences that its characters insist on describing as miracles. But the real miracle will be if audiences manage to suppress their giggles during this enormously cloying, sledgehammer-subtle feature directing debut by longtime writer-producer Akiva Goldsman, whittled down from Mark Helprin’s vastly richer, century-spanning novel of the same title. Agreeably daft at times, but more often painfully trite in its attempts to impose some grand narrative design on the story of two grievously ill young women and the man who may hold the key to their salvation, Warner Bros.’ Valentine’s Day release could nonetheless seduce viewers willing to go along with its offbeat romantic-fantasy elements, provided they don’t wander in expecting Shakespeare.
“Magic is everywhere around us, »
- Justin Chang
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, Winter’S Tale is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil.
The film stars Colin Farrell (“Saving Mr. Banks”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). “Winter’s Tale” also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”).
Wamg invites you to enter for your chance to receive a pass (Good for 2) to the advance screening of Winter’S Tale – Monday, February 10 at 7Pm in St. Louis.
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