This is going to be a confusing review. This is not a movie I would recommend to very many people. I can’t say it is a good movie. It is going to get murdered by critics. The box office is going to be small, although I think it will do well on DVD. All that being said, I found myself enjoying the movie. The problem is this is a very earnest movie and we live in a very sarcastic, jaded world. Thirty years ago this movie might have worked. Today Nicholas Sparks would be making snide remarks. There was a movie in 1980 called Somewhere in Time starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour where a man and woman fell in love across time. This is my wife’s all-time favorite movie. If you have ever watched this movie and liked it, Winter’s Tale might work out for you.
It’s not like this movie has no stars. Colin Farrell plays Peter Lake, a thief that lived in 1915. He is being chased by his former boss Pearly, played by Russell Crowe. Pearly is an actual Demon who is over the New York territory. His actual boss is Satan, played by Will Smith. Which is ironic since at 46 his good looks, career, and being married to Jada Pinkett Smith, you would think he might have made a deal with the devil. God sends a flying white horse to help Peter out. Peter meets a rich girl while robbing her house named Beverly, played by Jessica Brown Findlay. Beverly is dying of consumption. They strike up a romance.
To watch this movie you have to buy into the romance novel dialog and you have to suspend any expectation of reality. If you can do that you might like it but I can’t guarantee it. This is probably not a date movie unless your guy can hang with some really romantic goo.
I will say Colin Farrell is awesome in the role and the chemistry between them is really good. Russell Crowe is so over the top as a demon, and Will Smith is an interesting Satan.
Its 118 minutes, Rated PG-13 for violence.
I can’t recommend it, although I liked it. Wait for DVD or the grocery store bargain bin.
My Score: 3 Buds
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