Another month is through and I've finally wrapped my hands, and my mind, around Mark Helprin's 1983 epic, 'Winter's Tale'. Beloved by it's readers, this classic novel was a mystery to me until I saw that Russell Crowe was starring in the film adaptation, due out later this year. Once the book was on my radar, the reviews (mostly raves) that I skimmed on various sites had my appetite whet for what turned out to be one of the most rewarding reads of my life; no joke. Of course, since much of this site reverts back to the subject of film, I'm going to get this out of the way right now...I don't think Oscar is going to bite this AT ALL. I'd speculate the technical categories, since the breadth of this prose could lend itself to impressive feats, but the director and the huge margin for complete failure on the part of the adaptation itself leaves me questioning the quality of the end piece. This is just too complex, too epic. I'm not sure how this is going to translate, and there are so many ways in which this could go completely wrong. If, and I mean IF, they nail this, then I could see it becoming another 'Lord of the Rings' and steamrolling the nominations with nods in Picture, Director, Screenplay as well as nearly every tech and possibly a Supporting Actor nod for Russell Crowe (Pearly Soames is the flashiest and easily the most engaging character).
Still, I don't see that happening, and even if this opens to respectable reviews I think it would need to be a massive hit in order to generate any real traction, and so far nothing has been said or really seen on the film outside of some set pics and so it looks like buzz and anticipation, outside of those anxious to see how their beloved piece of literature translates onto the big screen, is pretty much dead.
But I'm here to talk about the book!