'Winter's Tale' Trailer: Colin Farrell, Lady Sybil And Some Damn Flying Horse Star In The Most Saptastic Film Of The Year

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'Winter's Tale' Trailer: Colin Farrell, Lady Sybil And Some Damn Flying Horse Star In The Most Saptastic Film Of The Year

By Joanna Robinson | Trailers | November 7, 2013 | Comments ()

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Have you read Mark Helprin’s book “Winter’s Tale”? I have and I don’t remember it being nearly as sappy as this trailer. Maybe it’s the blinding flashes of fairy lights or the cheesy pop soundtrack or lines like “is it possible to love someone so completely they simply can’t die?” or, this is a shot in the dark here, maybe, just maybe, it’s the flying horse. Farrell plays a turn of the century thief who falls in love with an ailing Jessica Brown Findlay (aka Downton Abbey’s Lady Sybill). Who wouldn’t? After being hucked off a bridge by an evil, icy-eyed Crowe (Russell), Farrell wakes up in modern day New York. Cue the rousing pop anthem. Despite my love for Farrell, Findlay and a scenery-chewin’, Lucky Charm’s accent havin’ Crowe, I can’t get behind this thing. It looks like the bastard love child of The Time Traveler’s Wife, the Nicholas Sparks oeuvre, Downton Abbey and Valentine’s Day. Maybe my heart is black, but I just can’t.

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  • rsnation

    I loved this book but haven't read it in many, many years. I suppose they could make a decent movie, but not of the book I read. Also, I may be mistaken (like I said, many years since I read it) but can't Athansor (the horse) fly?

  • emmalita

    That music is awful. It makes me want to burn things down.

  • Stephen Nein

    Being the political tool I am, I assumed that Politico Hack Mark Halperin was spreading his wings. Thank god, because Halperin's prose makes me throw up when he's spinning fantasies in Washington DC. Outright fiction from Halperin might cause psychosis or death.

  • Scorptilicus

    So, Winter's Tale, not THE Winter's Tale. And here I was, gearing up to get into some Bard I'd never read.

  • ray

    Bard's winter's tale has probably the greatest WTF moment of all his plays

  • Tinkerville

    Pursued by a bear indeed.

  • $6950553

    I'd heard about this movie being made and assumed it was the Shakespeare play. Disappointed that it's not. I'll pass. I wonder now if Helprin wrote other books with titles like Henry V and Othello just to cause further confusion.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Well, he didn't call it "THE Winter's Tale." But really, looking for a "Winter's Tale" movie? It's not that great a play.

    [exeunt, followed by a bear]

  • $6950553

    The Godfather and Nothing Lasts Forever weren't great books either, and Everybody Comes to Rick's wasn't a great play.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    So do you think The Winter's Tale would make a good movie? I think it's possible with the right amount of whimsy the plot could, if it was packaged like Stardust or another fairy tale, but I don't find the text to be conducive to that. And the humor of the clowns is not particularly funny. Not just "not funny" to people not familiar with Shakespeare - I think it's a tough sell even for Shakespeare lovers. I've seen some great actors work their asses off at it, but it still mostly fizzles. And the happy ever after isn't even a satisfying happy ever after, but it's not dark enough like Measure for Measure to still affect. Overall, the play has some nice scenes, some nice moments - but I'm just not sure what there is that's worth mining from it.

  • $6950553

    What I think, and what I implied originally, was that it would be an interesting movie. Good or bad, who can say. It's all in the execution.

    But I have zero interest in some half baked drama like this where the guy is trying to get class-by-association by giving his book that title.

    I get that you are very familiar with the play and want to express that but it's kind of beside the point.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Oh, then that just seems like weirdly directed irritation for a pretty generic title. Isak Dinesan had a book called "Winter's Tales" - was she also snobbing for class-by-association? Was Ray Bradbury with "Something Wicked This Way Comes"?

  • Calvinthebold

    30 years ago I loved this book, and it was my favorite for some time. I remember Peter Lake being young, maybe even a teenager! Definitely not a 37 year old dude! The book is too weird and trippy to make into a 2-hour screen play. You can only due justice to that story with a miniseries.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I can't watch the trailer. But this sounds so amazing that a) I need to read this book. b) I need this movie to be awesome. I love flying horses, Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe being bad-ass, and love that never dies.

    I don't love Colin Farrell's hair in that top picture, but I can live with it.

  • Batesian

    The book is magical and ridiculous and touching and funny. Plus, flying horses.

  • PDamian

    Didn't Meg Ryan have to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge to be with Hugh Jackman in Kate and Leopold, or something? This looks like someone ripped off a bad movie to make a worse movie.

  • Calvinthebold

    Kate and Leopold is a movie from an original screenplay written 17 years after this wonderful book. I don't know if this movie will be crappy or not, but it certainly wasn't ripped off from that POS

  • PDamian

    Yes, but I don't believe the original book had anyone jumping off a bridge to time travel. What I'm saying is that the movie version of "Winter's Tale" rips off Kate and Leopold.

  • Jackson Smith

    I'm sorry, but I'll never have a problem with a movie in which Colin Farrell has 90s hair. In particular, Johnny Wentworth's hair from Empire Records.

  • bastich

    Never read the book, won't see the film.

    I would pay good money to see a Disney movie named "That Damn Flying Horse", though.

  • emmalita

    How would you feel about "That Darn Flying Horse?"

  • bastich

    I'd accept that, as long as there's a scene where someone points up at the sky and says, "It's a bird! No, it's a plane!

  • If Colin Farrell is a thief at 'the turn of the century' wouldn't that just mean that he gets hucked off a bridge in 1999? I don't think 'modern day NY' is going to be all that much of a shock to him if that's the case.

    Also, what the hell is he wearing on his head in that header picture? It looks like he stole Johnny Depp's bird headdress from 'The Lone Ranger.'

  • Tinkerville

    What in GOD'S name have they done to Collin Farrell's hair? I didn't think it was possible for him to look anything but sexy but apparently a pageboy haircut has proved me wrong.

  • Ozioma

    I'd have to ask the same thing about the wig they put on Findlay's head.

  • Another Kate

    This has been my favorite book since I was 15. The trailer is very pretty and I'll probably see the movie, but I can already tell that it's not that book. If IMDB is to be believed (and why not), it looks as though they've cut some of the best subplots and characters -- I'm seeing nothing about Hardesty Marratta (ONLY THE PROTAGONIST OF THE SECOND HALF OF THE BOOK, THAT'S ALL), Praeger de Pinto, Lake of the Coheeries, Jackson Meade and his bridge made of light, or Craig Binky. How can you have Winter's Tale without Alertu and Scroutu? You can't, that's how.

    Winter's Tale -- the book -- is a strange and complex story that invites multiple interpretations. This looks like a swoony THEIR LOVE COULD NOT BE DESTROYED BY DEATH OR TIME type of thing. Nothing wrong with that, but it's not my Winter's Tale.

    Also, Pearly Soames does NOT push Peter Lake off of any damn bridge. The horse carries Peter Lake through the Cloud Wall into the future! Sheesh.

  • Batesian

    I know, right? Always thought it'd do better as a miniseries on HBO or something. Too much story, theme, characters (Binky!) to cram into two hours.

  • Scroutu? Seriously? Gahh....too many scrotum jokes....can't process....
    **Brain explodes**

  • kbenton

    Seriously, that would distract me through the whole damn book. Unless the author *wants* me to constantly be thinking of scrotums when the character is around, I guess...

  • Another Kate

    He's a very minor character -- one of Craig Binky's blind bodyguards. He and Alertu still make me giggle.

  • TenaciousJP

    Binky and Scroutu? And the bad guy's name is Pearly? I'm with Nate here, I feel like my brain is about to explode too.

  • Helo

    Colin Farrell's hair is dangerously approaching "a bird as Nic Cage's hairdo" in this one. Yikes.

  • Batesian

    Turns out, Pearly Soames's great-grandson, Skrillex, carries on the hunt for Peter Lake in the modern day. The whole thing culminates in a climactic dubsteb battle.

  • SVR

    I used to have Lisa Frank folders in the same shade of pink as Lady Sybil's lips.

  • linnyloo

    Ah! Yes! That perfect shade of Beautifully Dying.

  • BWeaves

    The turn of which century?

    Are you referring to fin de siècle? Or that new turn of the century that happened 13 years ago?

    Also, Lady Sybil's smoker's rasp just grates on my ears.

  • narfna

    It takes place a hundred years ago in an alternate universe, if I'm remembering correctly. I've repressed most of it out of dislike, though, so don't take my word for it.

  • BWeaves


    The trailer looks like it takes place is 2 different turn of the centuries.

    I know I catch myself saying "Turn of the Century" to mean 1900, and my niece and nephews think I'm talking about the their childhood in 2000.

  • narfna

    Fair warning: the book is completely wacko. It's like the author guy's imagination exploded all over it.

  • jennp421

    So what I'm hearing is "leave the book in my to read pile" which is where it's been since 2009 when I bought it due to a CBR review?

  • Temmere

    You could look at the review on this site from a few years back...


  • jennp421

    Yeah, that review is the reason I bought it, It's just never made it off the to read pile.

  • I started it this summer and didn't get past the first 50 pages. But, I'm pretty sure I'll be giving it a retry at some point.

  • oldgrowler

    The book is completely magical. Read it.

  • Batesian

    Yes, this. I'd never categorize it as Sparks-esque. It's a fable, sure, but in the best way — full of adventure and humor and emotion and absurdity.

    (Also never listen to the audiobook, but I've had bad experiences with that kind of things, so I can understand how it might've soured narfna on it.)

  • narfna

    I don't know. The book might be okay, but I read it on audiobook and the narrator was so god-awful he completely killed it for me. I'm planning on trying again in a few years with a hard copy to give it a fair shot. (It came to me highly recommended, and I was really disappointed how much I disliked it.)

  • narfna

    I read this book earlier this year, and I couldn't deal with it at all. I can't watch the trailer from work, but I look forward to not being able to deal with it either later today.

    I am intrigued by Jessica Brown Findlay's hair, though. So curly!

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