Wonder Wheel Reviews
Ike of Woody Allen for his alleged misdeeds, this film is a perfect tragedy...well done.
Starts pretty boring but if u stick with it it's memorable.
It seemed promising at first; a cross war of each other's respective children, Humpty unable to stand her son's mischief, Ginny jealous over his daughter's relationship with the young man she's been having an affair with. But Winslet's ferocity is almost too much at times. At first you want to see her have that arc, but she goes overboard when she makes a key decision later in the film. We get our emotions held up in the belief that she will have that arc, reaching across to her step-daughter with love, protecting her from the danger she's in. But as Mickey's friend says earlier, "you're not dealing with sense, you're dealing with feelings." That's a fact for everyone in the film, no sensibility anywhere. I guess Allen is trying to make a point with that in the 1950s, but something about it just seems too unbelievable.
There is this ridiculous moment when Mickey goes to Ginny at her home, having concluded what happened to her step-daughter by an absurd estimation of facts as if he were TV's OCD detective Monk. He follows this with, "it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out..." I laughed, thinking, gees, it really kind of does take Holmes to figure that out!
The film ends just as we're anticipating the next act, which never comes.
- Stylish, colorful, and engaging.
- Acting is all-around good. I enjoyed Belushi the most.
- Feels like I was teased.
- There's no ending.
- Why Coney Island?
It's a Woody Allen movie and it feels like one. He seems to be able to nail down period pieces pretty well. He has a knack for this sort of thing.
I'm sure he chose Coney Island because he has his roots in Brooklyn, but this movie could have taken place anywhere. Coney Island itself doesn't do anything other than look pretty in the background. Remove Coney Island and you have the same story. They could be working in an amusement park in California or Chicago.
This movie is like being served a small dinner in a fancy restaurant. It looks good and tastes good, but there's just not enough on the plate to keep you full, and you're still hungry for more. The visuals will stay with you more than anything else.