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Wonderstruck

USA, English, 117 mins

  • Director: Todd Haynes
  • Writer: Brian Selznick
  • Producer: Brian Bell; Pamela Koffler

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If you can suspend all disbelief...accept the most contrived of coincidences, adore interchanging points-of-view, love parallel cinematic structures and embrace the notion that lightning can cause deafness...then, my babies, you are in for a treat.

Todd Haynes' latest, possibly his bravest...is, perhaps, a step too far. There is so much to admire, production values, performances, cinematography, music. But...the narrative is an out-and-out mess. None too-clever-by half, this is what happens when an author screenplays his own book!

What could have been a great film...wasn't. What should have been a commanding drama...dissipates with directorial frivolities.

All points were - obviously - leading to an emotional, tear-inducing upwelling? Where was it?

Wonderstruck!?! Nope.


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The(ir) Blurb...

The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

Cast & Characters

Amy Hargreaves as Aunt Jenny;
Michelle Williams as Elaine;
Julianne Moore as Lillian Mayhew / Older Rose;
Oakes Fegley as Ben;
Tom Noonan as Older Walter;
Cory Michael Smith as Walter;
James Urbaniak;
Marko Caka as Ferry Patron;
Damian Young as Otto;
Hays Wellford as Greg Coons;
Morgan Turner as Janet;
Ekaterina Samsonov as Hanna;
Brian Berrebbi as Stage Manager;
Michael Wren Gucciardo as Man Who Jumps in Car at Movies;
Jaden Michael as Jamie

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