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Plot: 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.
Runtime: 116 mins Release Date: 20 Oct 2017
what is wrong with the people giving low ratings? (by Dollyrkr)
This film was positively wonderful. I am dumbstruck at it's IMDB rating. For crying out loud it's a magical children's tale with a soundtrack that includes Brian Eno/Robert Fripp and 70s soul jams. It's disability-positive, the way the sound is done to convey deaf children navigating NYC is extremely creative and well done. The art and scenes are what I worshipped as a child - my greatest fantasy was to find a secret room in a museum and stay the night! And the dioramas and the incredible way they wove them into the storytelling! The people saying "nothing dramatic <more>
happens" are seriously off their rockers - a kid loses his hearing!!! two deaf children run away to NYC!!! how on Earth is that not dramatic? This film made me cry and laugh and feel like a child again. It's beautiful. If you have a child, watch it with them. If you don't, like me, watch it and feel like a kid again.
If you stay with the movie the greatness and the tears payoff. (by nameismike69)
I'm very sad to see all the dislike reviews to this Todd Haynes film. Since he made Safe also with Julianne Moore. It was both there first films together. You'll like this film. I'm not going to give any of it away. I just want to save it from all the bad reviews I see here. It's a 2 hour Todd Haynes film. You have to stick with it even for me it was hard but sometimes with a film you have to go with it. And like the other films I see him do. There always beautiful and the tears for this one was hard to hold back. It all makes sense in the end. And it's a interesting <more>
story. The 1970's songs he picked were great. Anyway Todd great job on this. I didn't even know about it. Till today.
I absolutely love this movie. David Ehrlich wrote:"This is a soul-stirring and fiercely uncynical film that suggests the entire world is a living museum for the people we've lost, and that we should all hope to leave some of ourselves behind in its infinite cabinet of wonders". I couldn't have said it better myself. Of course it is a bit slow and maybe too complicated for a kid it's definitely not for everyone . But A LOT of people actually love The Greatest Showman or another rubbish...I am 25 years old - I watched it with my mother who is 60 years old and we enjoed <more>
it. The ending is quite outstanding in my opinion. Everyone involved did such a beautiful job.
Utterly charming mystery with fantastic art direction (by JonathanWalford)
Wonderstruck is a beautifully told story that surprises you because there is little dialogue. The story ties together two deaf children, a girl in 1927, and a boy in 1977, both of whom go to New York searching for family but discover more than expected at the Natural History Museum. The 1927 scenes are shot in black and white and take on that slightly frantic pace old silent films have, where everyone seems to walk just a little too briskly. The 1977 scenes are the exact opposite, with vivid, colourful clothing, filmed in a slow, languid, hot summer style. When words are spoken, they are <more>
sometimes shown from the perspective of the children, without subtitles, but these aren't necessary as the stories unfold into each other, with some surprising results.The art direction is especially worthy of praise. I couldn't tell if all the scenes from 1977 New York were recreated for the film or if they were old footage spliced in. The finale of the film, where all is revealed, is cleverly told through dioramas! The film has many of the magical qualities of Brian Selznick's previous film Hugo.
It's not the best story ever, but it keeps you alert through the end. But the best of this movie, in my opinion, is the sound and music and.... the silence. I think you must watch this with a headphone and listen to the weird and beautiful music and sounds. The kind a mix and stereo effects. I LOVE IT. Great!And the time spirit of the 70's is very good. The whole ambiance, everything. The movie is more an experience than entertainment. But again, because of the music and sound-effects. Play it loud!The movie is in no rush. So, no hurry and relax.
Fabulous movie (by tlpinbcc)
Wonderful story so intricately woven and moving. Superb acting and thought provoking characters. Beatutiful cinematography that seemlessly runs between black & white and color. Accompanied by great music.
right there with you (by ferguson-6)
Greetings again from the darkness. If you know an adolescent who is ready to step up from comic book movies, this would be a terrific introduction to more emotionally dramatic and narrative-driven cinema. That's certainly not meant to imply that director Todd Haynes' latest is only for kids, or even that it's aimed at that demographic. Instead, it's the rare opportunity to follow two intersecting story lines over two different time periods with kids as the main focus, and have some very interesting post-movie discussions related to characters, eras, and filmmaking <more>
techniques.We follow the stories of two kids who are separated by 50 years. Although the time boundary exists, the similarities between their journeys are many. Each is running away from home in search of their roots and identity. They are both hearing-impaired and living in less than ideal family environments. Additionally, their footsteps cross many of the same places in New York City as two museums play key roles. Ben Oakes Fegley, PETE'S DRAGON is a 12 year old living in Gunflint, Minnesota. It's 1977 when his mother Michelle Williams dies unexpectedly and a freak accident takes his hearing. Convinced an odd bookmark is a clue to finding the father he's never met, Ben sets off for New York City. Rose remarkable first time actress Millicent Simmonds lives in 1927 Hoboken, New Jersey and is obsessed with silent screen star Lillian Mayhew Julianne Moore in a dual role . Rose is an artistic child whose domineering dad has little time for her, so she hops aboard the ferry and heads to the big city to track down an idol - who may be more closely tied than we first imagine.Brian Selznick adapted the screenplay from his own novel he also wrote "The Invention of Hugo Cabret", which was the basis for Scorcese's HUGO , and some may find the two story lines muddled or difficult to follow. However, for those who connect with the characters and their adventures, it's a fascinating and entertaining ride. Director Todd Haynes FAR FROM HEAVEN, CAROL has established his expertise in visual stylings, and here he gets to present two distinct looks for the separate eras. Ben's 1977 world is filled with the polyester and neon colors of that era and it's even given the washed-out look of 1970's cinema. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Rose's 1927 world is presented in black and white as a silent movie. The lack of dialogue allows us to focus on her facial expressions and body language, which tell us what we need to know.The American Museum of Natural History plays a significant role in both stories, and the Queens Museum is central to the finale which ties up the two pieces for us. The contrasts of the two eras are as vital as the similarities. Along the way, each of the kids gets a bit of help. Ben befriends Jamie Jaden Michael whose connection to the museum and the city provides Ben a boost, while Rose's much older brother Walter Cory Michael Smith also has a connection to the museum and helps put Rose on the right track. The distinct photographic styles help us easily switch between eras, and much credit goes to cinematographer and frequent Haynes collaborator Edward Lachman and editor Affonso Goncalves.Oscar Wilde's quote, "We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars", takes its shot as the theme for the two stories, and really it's a heartfelt film with interesting storytelling and unusual cinematic effects. The set design is terrific throughout, and especially vital during the silent movie segments of Rose's story. Carter Burwell's prominent score also effectively shifts styles between stories and eras. The ties that bind us – a core need to understand our roots – do so regardless of age and time period. This is a nifty little film that provides much to discuss and consider.
Stopping wonder if it makes sense, and just sit back and enjoy (by ccorral419)
Director Todd Haynes "Carol" has brought forth yet another slow paced film with "Wonderstruck". Containing almost no dialogue, the strong score by Carter Burwell fills the void of the voices and provides all the sounds of the emotions and environment in which the two main terrific child actors Ben Oakes Fegley "Pete's Dragon" and Rose relative newcomer and deaf actress Millicent Simmonds encounter. At Ben's side, and with a voice, is his new friend and equally talented young actor Jamie Jaden Michael "Baby Jaguar VO in Dora the Explorer who <more>
unexpectedly helps move the two very different yet parallel stories of Ben and Rose along. While the jumping back and forth from the eras of 1920 Rose and 1970's Ben kept the film interesting, additional flashbacks explaining Ben's history, a cameo by Michelle Williams as Ben's mom, and double character rolls by Julianne Moore as Lillian Mayhew and the older Rose just left me confused and frustrated. Not frustrated enough to walk out, but enough that I just went with the flow and stopped trying to figure things out. Carter Burwell's score will surely be in Oscar consideration, Haynes' ability to capture the various periods will find Oscar traction, and costumes wizard Sandy Powell will once again be in the running for an Award. The film is based on book by Brian Selznick's, and I can hope the storyline in the book was easier to follow.
A Shining Gem in the Cinematic "Cabinet of Wonders" (by rannynm)
Wonderstruck is a shining gem in the cinematic "cabinet of wonders." The film is adapted from the book Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, the same author who wrote Hugo Cabret. Directed by Todd Haynes and written by Brian Selznick, the film envelopes you in its beautifully detailed vision of old New York. The movie stars Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore and Michele Williams. I love this film because it combines the artistic style of old black and white silent films with the more modern color palette of today's films. Wonderstruck tells two similar stories that have a connection. One <more>
story concerns a twelve-year-old boy, Ben, in the 1970s, who, after losing his Mom, decides to run away and look for his father in the big city. Recently losing his hearing from a lightning strike, he must deal with his disability without knowing sign language. Luckily, when he arrives in NYC he makes a friend, Jamie, who takes him to the American Museum of Natural History. The other story follows a young girl, Rose, in the late 1920s. It is portrayed as a silent black and white film, as befits the time period. Rose is born deaf and never learned sign language or how to properly talk, but she is talented at creating artworks with paper. She is depicted as a very shy, quiet type, but loves visiting her brother who works at the Museum of Natural History. This film reminds me of Hugo and The Night at the Museum because of the attention to historical detail and the wonder inherent in the natural world. I also enjoyed how it keeps changing from a silent, black and white film to a talky, color film. It gives you the best of both worlds - old style filmmaking and more modern. Each time the film shifts time periods, the music changes as well. The film revels in many different textures, such as the gritty reality of NYC in the 1970s, all the old curiosities in the Museum of Natural History and even the paper cityscapes that Rose creates. The crux of the film is the director's fascination with the old "cabinet of wonders" and how it is the precursor to the modern museum. This film itself is a "cabinet of wonders," revealing many treasures in its depths. My favorite scene is when Ben and Jamie explore the secret rooms in the Museum of Natural History. Before Wonderstruck, I was not familiar with the director, Todd Haynes. Until now he has created mostly sophisticated, art house, independent films. This film can be considered a fascinating, art house, family film. I give Wonderstruck 4 out of 5 stars for its creative way it combines two different artistic styles. I recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.