WORDS: JANAIS VAN ECK
Written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Akiva Goldsman, A Winter’s Tale is set in the icy chill of a New York winter in both the 1980’s and 2014. This film is based on the captivating writing of Mark Helprin, and will transport you to experience a love story that defies time.
Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) a common thief who, instead of stealing things on a raid of a mansion, steals the heart of the beautiful, young and terminally ill Beverley Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay). It cleverly sets up a utopia for the imagination, as the film combines concepts of heaven, hell and pure fantasy into hypnotic visual imagery.
One is drawn into the hearts of the characters as they both desperately try to cheat death, Beverley from consumption and Peter from the hand of his demonic mentor Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). The viewer is transferred back to the 1980’s in a story of dangerous love and illuminating light.
Even though translating a book, especially one as complex as this, is always risky, this film is undoubtedly beautifully written and well performed.
Despite its negative reviews, this romantic fantasy is definitely my new found favourite that has yet to be beaten. Perhaps because as a dreamer with my head in the clouds, I found it more enjoyable than others, but isn’t that why we watch fantasy, to feel temporarily transported from reality?
For the dreamers, this film is a must see.