"That looks kind of like 'Cloud Atlas'" is a comment that can be taken as a horrible insult or a gratifying compliment, and either way it can certainly be said of the new trailer for "Winter's Tale." The romantic drama stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe and is in no way, shape, or form based on the Shakespeare play of the same name. (Instead, it's based on a marginally popular 1983 fantasy novel by American novelist and outspoken rightwing nut job Mark Helprin.) Depending on your disposition, this could look like an amazingly romantic romp (it's even coming out on Valentine's Day) or utter balderdash.
The plot, as much as we can glean from the trailer, is at first set in the early 20th century and concerns a small time criminal (Colin Farrell) who falls in love with the dying young woman whose home he has broken into to rob (Jessica Brown Findlay). He has also pissed off a ruthless gangster (Russell Crowe), who tries to kill him. However, Farrell wakes up in modern day New York, seemingly saved by a mysterious white horse, and begins a journey of self-discovery (and possible romance) with Jennifer Connelly. Not too shabby!
Supposedly Will Smith is in the cast, but doesn't feature in the trailer (unless he's the guy who flips the coin), although after this summer's "After Earth" I wouldn't exactly be jumping up and down letting people know that Will Smith was in my movie. The cast also includes William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Matt Bomer, and Lucy Griffiths, although we don't get glimpses of them in the trailer. Instead, we mainly get Farrell's sad, puppy dog eyes and Crowe's menacing scowl.
"Winter's Tale" marks the directorial debut of Akiva Goldsman, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of "A Beautiful Mind," "The Da Vinci Code," and "Cinderella Man" (all for Ron Howard). Goldsman also produced this Christmas' potential Oscar contender "Lone Survivor," and was one of the driving creative forces behind J.J. Abrams' television series "Fringe." Also, it can't be overstaed enough that he wrote "Batman & Robin" and "Batman Forever." Just saying...
"Winter's Tale," which looks kind of like "Cloud Atlas," is out on Valentine's Day, 2014.