Starring: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds
Director: Todd Haynes
Runtime: 1 hour, 56 minutes
Drama | Suspense | 2017
Wonderstruck switches between two main characters living in different decades. Rose (played by Millicent Simmonds), a young deaf girl leaves her home in search for what I think is her mother. Rose’s young life takes place in 1927 and the way the movie portrays that is just awesome and different. It actually feels like you’re watching a movie that was made in the 20s and it’s refreshing. The other side of the story is Ben (played by Oakes Fegley) who has recently lost his hearing and runs away to the big city in search for his father. The year in 1977 and as you can probably gather the two stories eventually collide together and it’s wondrous - pun intended.
Millicent Simmonds is excellent - I loved her in A Quiet Place also - and I thought Oakes Fegley (Pete’s Dragon) did a wonderful job as well, really capturing what I can only imagine it is like to lose one’s hearing. Julianne Moore plays grown-up Rose (and the mother/actress from Rose’s childhood). I honestly can’t remember who Michelle Williams plays - it’s either Ben’s mother or his Aunt that takes care of him.
I loved the use of the two museums in the movie and the way they used it much like a time capsule when switching back and forth with the main characters.
Overall this movie was a good one to watch. I loved the way it was both filmed and spliced together. The bringing together of the two separate decades was interesting. I’m going to give this one a “Liked It” but be warned it’s not the most thrilling thing to see. Just lovely. (3.5/5).
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