Winter’s Tale, with Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly & Jessica Brown Findlay. Director, Akiva Goldman. I’ll watch any period piece, costume drama; it seems. It doesn’t always push the right buttons. This was a misfire. A slack-jawed nothing, with a bit of mystery & evil versus good.
Farrell does his best to be a romantic lead in this stupidity. However; it comes across with a lot of shots with him posing with wide-eyed goodness wondering at life’s wonders. It’s a fair use of a good talent, in a bad film. He’s alright. The film’s not.
Of course, Hurt does his hesitant & wise character thing. Ever the unsaid sage. Which has grown a bit old over the years & is one of the most ridiculous of stereotypical niches I can think, anyone can find themselves occupying. He makes his choices, it’s his fault. Anyway, his appearance is just a cameo as is Eva Marie Saint’s interesting inclusion.
The movie is monotonous & vacuously panders to juveniles. Offering “role models” for their little dramas. I don’t recommend it. I won’t even mention the idiotic insertion of Will Smith, as yet another cameo. I will say, that overdoing cameos of familiar faces can get a bit old. More than one, is too much. Unless it’s a comedy.