Winter's Tale movie explores love, miracles in adult fairy tale
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Fairy tales are not only for children and Winter's Tale, the film adaptation of a best-selling book, aims to lure even jaded, middle-aged adults into believing in the magic of eternal love and the power of miracles.
The film, which opens in United States theatres on Valentine's Day, is based on Mark Helprin's 1983 fantasy novel of the same name, and stars Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell (In Bruges) as a burglar who falls in love with an heiress played by English actress Jessica Brown Findlay, of TV's Downton Abbey.
Set in the early 1900s in a mythical New York with cobble-stone streets, stately mansions and thieving street gangs and also in the present, Winter's Tale is a romance that transcends time with magical elements such as a flying white horse and a hero who exists for 100 years without ageing.
"This is a fairy tale for grown-ups," said first-time director Akiva Goldsman, who won an Oscar in 2002 for best screenplay for A Beautiful Mind. "It is a wink and a nod to people who have had loss and need to believe in magic."