One of last year's most underrated American films. How come did this gem go so under the radar during the entire awards season after its promising Cannes debut?! A dreamy story with marvellous soundtrack (Bowie!) and plenty of wasted notebook sheets! The scene at the Panorama was unforgettable.
Haynes' latest is an adaptation of the Brian Selznick novel telling two similar tales fifty years apart in his usual technically meticulous style. What's missing this time is the emotional connect which makes this film seem much longer than its runtime. The final section comes together well but its laborious getting there. One can't fault the film on style or its wonderful time period reconstructions. A rare miss
Glad Haynes went in a different direction here making two period pieces in one yet there are images that also hearten back to his Karen Carpenter story. This may not be his most emotionally satisfying movie but it had layers most "children's films" never even aim for.
It gives me zero satisfaction to say Haynes made his worst film, and despite his background in transgressive cinema, he's perfectly suited to a kids movie about juggled timelines, emotionally resonant artifacts, and children feeling their way towards an identity. But after a wonderful first act, it loses its way, bogged down in the slow, suspense-free linear quests that can befall kids book adaptations.
WONDERSTRUCK is a Todd Haynes film. It is a masterpiece of design. Surprised? I didn't think so. Yeas, its not only about museums, it's about "the museum." But much more: the subject (and object) of this picture is serendipity and revelation. Something this earnest and open-hearted was liable to be a bit emotionally clumsy. All the more endearing for that, say I. Clumsiness excused or not: packs an ENORMOUS payload.
Like watching paint dry. Has to be one of the most insufferable, tedious films I've seen. My eyes were rolling to the back of my head at things like the awful "action soundtrack", the Bowie plug-in,this absolutely dull plot set inside museums,the B&W gimmick, the kids. What is this shit? And then I find out it's by Todd Haynes and I'm apparently the only one on Earth actively disliking it so the dissonance is strong.