By Niall McArdle
Winter’s Tale looks like a silly slice of time travelling romance, the perfect thing for Valentine’s Day. A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.
It has an attractive pair of leads, Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay (she was the only reason I watched Downton Abbey). It’s taken from a novel by Mark Helprin, and is written and directed by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), hence the presence of Jennifer Connolly and Russell Crowe. Another Goldsman favourite, Will Smith, also appears.
Based on the trailer, though, what I’m most curious about is Crowe’s choice of accent. Ah begob! I wonder if Colin Farrell had a quiet word with him on the set. Is Crowe supposed to be Irish? Or is it just a bad Newfoundland accent? I suppose we should be grateful he’s not gone for the plumminess he usually adopts (see Man of Steel)