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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