Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Movie Review: Winter’s Tale

By M. J. Joachim

Previews and early advertising did not prepare me for the movie I saw. Winter’s Tale, while having a romantic element, was more of a story about good and evil, as opposed to a love story made for the big screen. More than that, it was a mixture of science fiction and fantasy, which ultimately deflated my expectations even more.

The beginning of the movie quickly set the pace - slow, curious, questionable. As the story and plot developed, the pace quickened a bit. The actors were actually quite good – a star-studded cast including Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith. Would you expect anything less than stellar performances?

A few days after seeing the movie, I saw the book for sale in the bookstore. Having seen the movie, I quickly moved on, without even picking it up off the shelf. It is often said that books are better than the movie. Winter’s Tale is one I will not venture to find out for certain, because the story seemed inconsistent to me, venturing into strange fantasies about hell and how the powers that be impose themselves on humans.

It wasn’t scary or anything, simply vague and lacking the cohesiveness that might have pulled the story together, much like a fine thread weaves itself through a tapestry, outlining the important details, solidifying the foundation and accenting the overall picture.

My recommendation for Winter’s Tale is to wait and see it at the dollar theater or when it comes out on the t.v. movie distributor channels. It’s not worth the full price of a movie ticket, but it’s not the worst movie out there either, especially if you like the sci-fi/fantasy genre.

If you’re a movie buff, you might consider sharing A- Z movie reviews on your own blog in the A – Z Challenge this April. Please accept this personal invitation to join us.

Thank you for visiting and commenting on Writing Tips today. It’s always so much fun to engage in conversation with you, and read what you think about my posts.

M. J.

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