Winter’s Tale: Ignore the Cynics and Critics!

February 15, 2014

I have a Winter’s Tale to share with you.

MV5BNTMyNjI1NTM4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjcwMzc1MDE@._V1_SX214_When my wife and  I read a couple of blisteringly bad reviews of  Winter’s Tale, we knew we had to see it…and that we would love it. Which we did.

What a wondrous, romantic, hopeful, deeply–and I mean DEEPLY- spiritual film.

The film is also truly miraculous..first because it’s about miracles….and second, because it got made in the modern-day cynical world of The New Hollywood. (More on that in a minute.)

The film centers on a thief in 1915 New York who falls in love with a woman who needs a miracle to survive consumption, a disease which was then fatal. Along the way, they and we encounter angels, demons, spirit guides and a dazzling vision of who we might be as souls…both in this life…and after.

The end result is a deeply passionate love story that illuminates who we might be when we catch glimpses of our humanity…and our immortality.

As I watched the film, I kept wondering “How in the world did they get this through the Hollywood system?” Yes, Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Will Smith, and Jennifer Connelly are excellent actors and “names” but still….this is such an overtly spiritual film. How did they get it financed? When I saw the end credits, I had my answer.

The film is written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of A Beautiful Mind, and other major films like The DaVinci Code and Cinderella Man. Mr. Goldman obviously called in every favor at his disposal and put himself on the line to get this film made….for which I say:

“Mr. Goldman, you won your Oscar for A Beautiful Mind…and I thank you for Winter’s Tale, which obviously came from a beautiful heart.”

As I mentioned earlier, the film has been generally decimated by critics. As someone who has had experience with spiritual love stories and their rejection by critics, I have enormous respect, empathy, and affection for this film.

If you’re spiritual and a romantic who encounters the world through your heart, please find your way to a theater as soon as possible and support A Winter’s Tale…a surprising, wonderful, and timeless movie.

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Jay Clark February 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Thanks Stephen for illuminating with your expertise and experience. You had told me how hard it was to get anything significantly spiritual produced in the “Mainstream”, and conversely difficult to get Spiritually “acceptable” films FROM “Mainstream” for the SCC.

Sadly it comes down to what “sells best”, and can have collateral branding, like anything that will ‘push’ a video game ie. drama, gratuitous violence and SFX.


Jay Clark February 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm

On an additional note, Stephen. I would love to see YOUR list of the Spiritually significant, Mainstream films which we cannot get for the SCC, and might be considered a “must see”.




Brian Mills February 16, 2014 at 2:41 am

Thank you, Stephen,

This film will definitely be given full coverage in my magazine once it reaches the UK.
Here too, the same critics who slayed HER will slay WINTER’S TALE too. Anything that hints at spirituality will immediately go into their trashbin. They champion feel-bad movies. We lost one of our best film critics last year when he retired at the age of 80. Phillip French was from the old school.


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