Wonder Wheel

At a 1950s Coney Island amusement park, the wife (Kate Winslet) of a carousel operator (Jim Belushi) begins to unravel; she’s having an affair with a handsome lifeguard (Justin Timberlake), and her husband’s daughter (Juno Temple) is hiding from mobsters. Much like cinematographer Vittorio Storaro enchanted us with the look of Café Society (2016), this one wouldn’t be as effective without his colorful and nostalgic portrait of Coney Island and its cotton candy-scented atmosphere. That’s the backdrop of a story that often looks like it could take place on a stage, relying on dialogue and passionate confrontations between the actors. Dangerously close to being too artificial, but still vibrant throughout, with a dynamite performance by Winslet.

2017-U.S. 101 min. Color. Written and directed by Woody Allen. Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro. Cast: Kate Winslet (Ginny), Justin Timberlake (Mickey Rubin), Juno Temple (Carolina), Jim Belushi (Humpty), Max Casella, David Krumholtz.

 

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