Struck by frustration in ‘Wonderstruck’
Ideas and parallel storylines never truly connect
Wonderstruck, directed by Todd Haynes, was all kinds of disappointing. Muted cinematography, sometimes dim lighting and subpar acting fromone of the main characters hurts the 1970s storyline, and the 1920s storyline ends up not going anywhere.
The movie also makes both of itsmain characters deaf,butnever fully realizes the parallel storylines that the premise was going for. One character, you follow the world as she sees it as someone who is deaf. Somehow that concept is not used in the same vein in the 1970s storyline when the boycan no longer hear.
The music is good.Young deaf actor Millicent Simmonds, who stars in the 1920s story, is the standout here, and the execution of the 1920s scenes are fine, but they never lead to a satisfying conclusion within that storyline.
Ideas just never connect, and the movie ends up feeling disjointed and hard to watch.
There were some aspects with the 1920s story that make the movie too good to dismiss outright, but I’m not recommending that anyone needs to go out of his or her way to see Wonderstruck.
This image released by Roadside Attractions shows Jaden Michael, from left, Oakes Fegley and Julianne Moore in a scene from “WonderStruck,” which was featured at the Cannes Film Festival.