Now is the 'Winter's' of our discontent

Posted: February 14, 2014

THE Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology recently reported that couples can cut their divorce rate dramatically by watching romantic movies and talking about them.

In fact, the movie approach is just as good as intensive therapy, say psychologists, who measured results after prescribing therapy to one group, a pool of 87 love stories to another.

And, frankly, you don't have to give a damn if the movies are any good. One was "Gone with the Wind," one was "Please Don't Eat the Daisies."

So, science has spoken: A crappy, sappy movie could save your marriage.

This is tremendously good news for "Winter's Tale," the story of 19th-century thief Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), who falls in love with a dying heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay) while robbing her house. He hears her play the piano, takes one look, falls hard, and wonders if there's anything he can do about her terminal illness.

"Is it possible to love someone so completely that they'll live forever?" Peter wonders.

Not as dumb a question as it sounds in the context of "Winter's Tale," a story sprinkled with snow and fairy dust. In this movie, animal spirit guides (a horse with gossamer wings) lead you to your destiny, shafts of celestial light illuminate the righteous path and demons work to prevent good people from bestowing their special, individual miracle on humanity (All of this probably played better on the page - the movie is based on the popular book by Mark Helprin).

One demon, played by Russell Crowe, means to kill poor Peter. It's a vendetta that extends through time and ends up in contemporary Manhattan, where a single mother (Jennifer Connelly) nurses a sick child.

Crowe's character, by the way, works for Lucifer, played by a superstar actor in a weird cameo that adds to his weird recent resume.

Which puts an unfortunate spin on the movie's central, mystical question:

Is it possible that when we've fulfilled our destiny, we may become a star?

Yes, with an agent who will put you in a movie like this.


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