Arriving in the midst of today’s Superbowl trailer logjam like a genteel horse and carriage pulling up to a demolition derby is this newbie from A New York Winter’s Tale. Curl up with a flagon of tea and surrender to its fairy-tale charms. Just don’t blame us if you turn into a pumpkin.
According to its official parchment, Akiva Goldsman’s feature debut is a story of “miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil”. At first set in the 19th century, it chronicles what happens when a thief named Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) breaks into the New York home of a fatally ill young woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) and starts to fall in love with her. But his life is also complicated, not least by Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe), a violent crime boss for whom Lake used to work and who he's now running from.
The British title has changed since its last trailer – you may know it better simply as Winter’s Tale – but the tone remains one of hope and romance. If that’s your thing, mark your calendar for February 21 when A New York Winter’s Tale heads UKwards.