A New York Winter's Tale

A New York Winter's Tale

Akiva Goldsman (2014)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of A Beautiful Mind, makes an ambitious directorial debut with a romantic fantasy injected with heavy doses of magical realism. Even leading man Colin Farrell looks a little dizzied by a plot that features the star as Peter Lake, a petty thief who falls in love with an ailing heiress (Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay) in the early 20th century, but is still walking the streets of New York (untouched by the ageing process) a hundred years later. However, the supernatural repercussions of this development are part of a much larger tale of good and evil, in which the lovers are beset by hammy Russell Crowe as a demon with a broad Oirish accent bent on spoiling their happiness for reasons best known to himself. There are gaps in logic and emotional reasoning that become gulf-sized towards the overly grand finale, which involves Jennifer Connelly (who can only play her part like a deer in the headlights). Maybe trying to adapt Mark Helprin's doorstop-sized novel was a step too far for the fledgeling director. The scope of Goldsman's vision is to be admired, but despite so much epic sweep, the story ends up feeling comparatively small and silly.


A thief in 1916 New York falls in love with a dying heiress he intended to rob. However, his own life expectancy proves equally short when he angers a crime lord. He receives a second chance when he is magically transported into the present day, and tries to restore his lost love to life. Romantic fantasy based on Mark Helprin's novel, starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

Cast & Crew

Peter Lake Colin Farrell (2)
Pearly Soames Russell Crowe
Beverly Penn Jessica Brown Findlay
Virginia Gamely Jennifer Connelly
Lucifer Will Smith
Adult Willa Eva Marie Saint
Isaac Penn William Hurt
Romeo Tan Kevin Corrigan
Cesar Tan Kevin Durand
Young Willa Mckayla Twiggs
Humpstone John Graham Greene (2)
Director Akiva Goldsman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Feb 2014