2016 Movie Challenge|Week 1|Winter’s Tale

Winter's_tale_(film)As one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!

Week 1: A movie with bad reviews

It was hard for me to decide on which film to watch this week. A movie with ‘bad reviews’ could be really be pretty much any movie ever made. A google search of ‘the worst reviewed film ever’ produced hilarious and ultimately not very helpful results. Finally I settled on picking one from the Rotten Tomatoes website, and when I spotted ‘Winter’s Tale‘ with it’s green splat of 13% I knew this film had to be the one. I started reading the book over a year ago and had not finished it. In fact I had already purchased this film and not watched it yet. I believe it was a Black Friday bargain from last year. Something about the idea of this film appealed to me, but I had heard mixed reviews.

The film is set in a mythic New York city and is about ‘miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil.‘ Our synopsis from the film’s website: Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) is a master thief, who never expected to have his own heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay).  But their love is star-crossed: she burns with a deadly form of consumption, and Peter has been marked for a much more violent death by his one-time mentor, the demonic Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe).  Peter desperately tries to save his one true love, across time, against the forces of darkness, even as Pearly does everything in his power to take him down—winner take all and loser be damned.’

This synopsis- while basically true, is only a part of the picture. The plot line is pretty convoluted even downright goofy at times, and while the cast is incredible sometimes the star power overrides the part. (Will Smith is in this film, who even saw that coming?!) Even the acting falls flat a few times- one moment in particular from Russell Crowe that I would have never thought possible. Colin Farrell’s character is believable, as are his relationships with all the other characters and that I think is this film’s saving grace. As much as there is to fit into two hours I feel like the film could have been served better by being stretching to three hours. I don’t normally feel that way- but this film needed some room to progress and breath. On a positive note, the filming and sets were spectacular, the music gorgeous and the sweeping nature of the film is easy to get caught up in. There are extremely sweet and sad moments, but the end is beautiful.



2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A move by a female character
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future

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