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.
CINEMA, DCP _ Selznick wrote a novel for children and it looks altogether like a great Disney film (but here produced by Amazon). The dialogue between the two parts via editing is clever - and Haynes cares to produce images that discuss with other films (Far from Heaven, Mildred Pierce). All his cinema is here at work, the melodrama, the avant-garde, even the puppets. Highly personal but not always on track.
Haynes' film is, in part, about isolation, about people (kids, here) who are unable to comfortably navigate our world. Each and every one of his films grapples with a kind of alienation, and Wonderstruck, although more tender and perhaps more accessible than the rest of his oeuvre, never feels like anything but a rich Todd Haynes picture.
So rarely does a film begin so unconvincingly only to eventually win me over. Not sure how Haynes pulled this off. "This" being the well-trodden path of '70s nostalgia in contemporary American commercial cinema.
Jeu de pistes familial à travers les destinées de deux enfants à un demi-siècle d'intervalle, Le musée des merveilles séduit par son habileté à entremêler les quêtes de ses 2 jeunes héros. Pris à son propre piège, ce film parfaitement maîtrisé l'est un peut-être un peu trop pour surprendre lors de la révélation finale. Chronique sur Citazine : http://www.citazine.fr/article/musee-merveilles-charmant-exercice-de-style