Colin Farrell is in need of a career turnaround. After a string of misses including horror remake “Fright Night,” the “Total Recall” would-be reboot, “Seven Pshychopaths” (where Farrell was dull and flat) and the mixed reviews for “Saving Mr. Banks” (not Farrell’s fault), the Irish actor has “Winter’s Tale” coming up February 14. But will this big-budget fantasy romance break the pattern?
It’s too bad so few people saw Niels Arden Oplev’s grey and grainy crime romance “Dead Man Down” last year, where Farrell gave a moving performance opposite Noomi Rapace. And it’s been a while since his brilliant comic turn in 2008’s “In Bruges,” even longer since his career-best performance in Terrence Malick’s 2005 epic “The New World.” He’s coming up in Liv Ullman’s take on Strindberg’s “Miss Julie,” co-starring Jessica Chastain, and “Solace,” which looks like another formula thriller.
A new featurette is available for “Winter’s Tale,” which also stars Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Jessica Brown Findlay (long lost Lady Sybil from “Downton Abbey”) and William Hurt. Watch below.