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Wonder Wheel

America in the 1950s. The paths of four stranded people with big dreams cross in a Coney Island fair, played by Kate Winslet, James Belushi, Juno Temple, and Justin Timberlake.


Woody Allen‘s films usually rely on dialogue and the funny, sometimes tragic dynamic of the neurotic protagonists. WONDER WHEEL is most memorable because of its vibrant, colorful images that veteran cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (APOCALYPSE NOW, THE LAST EMPEROR, GOYA) has created. His 1950s Coney Island looks like a mixture between a toy store, a Douglas Sirk melodrama, and a holiday brochure, and at night the eponymous Ferris wheel is captured with a different light in every scene. This nostalgic dream is set in a theatrical story that evokes a much darker image of the 50s: the bitter dramas of disappointment and betrayal of Tennessee Williams or Eugene O‘Neil. Kate Winslet is Ginny, a mother to a pyromaniac son who dreamt of becoming an actress but is now a waitress stuck in a loveless second marriage with carousel owner and alcoholic Humpty (James Belushi). Humpty‘s daughter from his first marriage appears, the young and naive Carolina (Juno Temple), who split with her gangster husband and now has to go into hiding.

In the beginning of the summer Ginny falls for the narrator of the film, 26 year old lifeguard and literature student Mickey (Justin Timberlake), and the two begin an affair that quickly becomes her main life purpose. When Mickey falls for her quasi stepdaughter (!) Carolina, Ginny‘s dreams of a future together start to falter, and she becomes increasingly similar to the deranged Blanche DuBois from ‘A Streetcar Named Desire‘ in every scene. Kate Winslet fully commits to this role that is somewhere between tragic and ridiculous but has to contend with a forgettable script and Allen‘s antiquated ideas about women.


Translation: Elinor Lewy


USA 2017, 101 min
Genre: Comedy
Director: Woody Allen
Author: Woody Allen
DOP: Vittorio Storaro
Montage: Alisa Lepselter
Distributor: Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH
Cast: Kate Winslet, James Belushi, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Debi Mazar
FSK: 12
Release: 11.01.2018




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