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Winter’s Tale trailer: it’s fantasy, m’kay?

Ooo, a love story. A charming thief. A beautiful woman. A hulking villain. Romantic old New York.

Wait, what? Is this time travel? Is it immortality? If you read the Mark Helprin novel you know it’s supposed to be reincarnation… or something. Hide the speculative stuff! Don’t call it science fiction or fantasy! It’s “magic realism.” It’s literary.

It’s fucking fantasy, people.

US/Canada release date: Feb 14 2014 | UK release date: Feb 21 2014
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  • LaSargenta

    Oh Christ on a Cracker…I think Colin Farrell has been added to my list of people-who-will-make-me-watch-anything because I find myself looking forward to that big steaming bowl of mush.

  • bronxbee

    i’ve been seeing the ads on TV and i hate this film already… the lines of dialogue are just so cheesy. and the horrible, horrible irish accents make me cringe. russell crowe’s “accent” sounds like an Oirish Spriiing commercial. and, really, honestly, how can *colin farrell* sound phony irish? this will not be on my to see list. haven’t read the novel, i must admit.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Thanks for clearing that up. My wife and I were speculating that it was about angels, something something, but reincarnation fits the bill.

  • LaSargenta

    I know. This looks horrible. But, some part of me was melting at CF, weird accent and all.

  • bronxbee

    colin farrell is one of those actors i cannot abide… not because he lacks talent, he just annoys me for some reason. his face always looks like it needs a good smack.

  • LaSargenta

    And I agree! I consistently have thought that same thing! But, something weird has been happening the more often I see him in stuff. Must analyse.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    What is it with Russell Crowe and bad vocal work lately? Not that’s his vocal chords were ever gilded or anything (that West Virginia “accent” he did in A Beautiful Mind was embarrassing), but lately it’s like he’s trying to sound bad.

  • bronxbee

    ’tis a puzzlement…

  • amnistyann

    Colin’s accent is for real.

  • http://www.kingnewbs.com/ KingNewbs

    I read the book twice, and I’m not really sure what it’s about either. I do know I liked it very much.

  • bronxbee

    i know he is actually irish — although he does a fairly decent “american accent” when called upon. what i’m saying is, the dialogue and the intensity with which it is spoken on the commercials makes even his *genuine* accent sound phoney. it’s like the director said to them to “up the irish” or something.

  • RogerBW

    Magical realism is all too often for people who are too insecure to admit they read fantasy. (Or maybe who just find all that coherent worldbuilding too much to cope with.)

  • Danielm80

    I think it’s a sub-genre of fantasy. It has just as many tropes and conventions as high fantasy, but they’re borrowed from a very different set of authors.

  • Will

    The trailer comes across like an SNL short. Its laughably bad

    “Lucifer!!!!! Give me the power to make this guys girlfriend break up with him!” good lord Russel Crowe is such a shitty overrated actor

  • Danielm80

    By which I mean to say: There are legitimate reasons to distinguish between magical realism and fantasy.

    Obviously, some people make the distinction for snobbish reasons: “I don’t read fantasy. I read Literature.

    But I think people can acknowledge that they’re reading fantasy and still want to specify what kind of fantasy. High fantasy is very different from supernatural romance or a fairy tale. You’d probably think it was odd if someone said, “You liked The Lord of the Rings. Why don’t you like Twilight? They’re both fantasy.” Magical realism has a very different audience from the sort of book that’s usually marketed as “a fantasy novel,” and it’s an important distinction, even if some people get snotty about it.