Monday, March 4, 2024

Movie Review: Winter’s Tale

Director: Akiva Goldsman
Writers: Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), Mark Helprin (novel)
Stars: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe

Synopsis: The story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.


Here is the initial reaction you’ll have to Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale
What the F is that?

And as the movie goes along…
What the...

Nothing make sense, the CGI is terrible and this pretty much sums everything up…
What the f is going on?

Grade: F


Oh dear God, I hope the book is better than the screenplay…
Shaking head...

This is seriously some of the worst writing I’ve ever seen. You don’t buy into anything for a second. The fantasy elements are forced, the pacing is terrible and nothing seems genuine. Everything is so contrived and ridiculous that it’s almost laughable. Again…
What the hell is this...

Grade: F


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Colin Farrell is not bad at all but his character is so badly written that it’s hard to believe anything he does. Jessica Brown Findlay is pretty good and probably the most believable of anyone. And Russell Crowe…

I love Russell Crowe and what he was doing in this movie is a head scratcher. To this credit though, his character, like all the others, is written really bad. And then there’s Will Smith…
What Excuse Me

Will Smith owes us all an apology. He keeps choosing terrible projects to be a part of and what in the world was he doing here? His scenes are terrible and almost made me cry. This is an actor I used to love a lot…

Grade: C


Applause finally

Something worth talking about. The score was done by Rupert Gregson-Williams and his mentor Hans Zimmer. Much like The Counselor last year, this is an awful film with a really beautiful score. It’s the only saving grace for this movie and it’s the only thing that kept my interest. The are some action-like moments that Zimmer and co. just nail but the majority of the film was a laid back orchestral style score that was absolutely gorgeous. So, thank you Hans. Without you, I would’ve had nothing.
The Dark Knight Joker Applause

Grade: A-


This movie is absolutely absurd on all levels. I can believe in flying horses, not aging over time and a battle between angels and demons when it’s used right and makes sense for the story. In this case, we have all those elements with no foundation to support them and it all comes across on screen as laughable. Thank you Hans Zimmer for giving me something.

All in all, I’d rather watch the entire Twilight saga 100x over before seeing this film ever again.
Twilight Saga Gif

Overall Grade: F

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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  1. Haha man I agree 100% this film was all over the place and I could not help but laugh at Will Smith.. This is the first candidate for my worst list of 2014, actually it will be on the worst list as I can’t imagine a worse film than this

    • Oh yeah me too…it was ridiculously bad. And yeah I agree…it can’t get any worse than this. I think the last line of my review pretty much narrows it down for me. Lol

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