Wonderstruck (2017)


“How do you know my name?” – Ben

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young girl living in New York in the 1920’s and a boy living in Minnesota during the 70’s find a connection to one another via an exhibit in a museum.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about over a year and half ago and have been interested in seeing it ever since.

Unfortunately, the story itself is quite lackluster and doesn’t work as well as one would hope.

This is based on a unique kind of novel and it seems that the story is much better suited for the page than for the screen due to it’s uniqueness.

This film has an interesting use for sound and despite it’s uniqueness the story suffers due to it.

The story ultimately feels too contrived and things that should flow feel too forced in order to wrap it all up in a nice bow for us.

This is clearly a story that is better for the journey itself than the destination, but even the journey isn’t as intriguing as it might have been which is quite a pity.

Bottom Line – Pretty lackluster film adaptation of a novel that seems probably better suited for the written word than for the screen. The use of sound makes it more difficult for this story to be more entertaining despite the uniqueness of the idea. The connection between the two stories feels too contrived and the journey is slightly better than the destination in this case.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Such was the impact of Millicent Simmonds’ performance in the film when it premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, she was personally congratulated by her idol Will Smith after the screening where her debut was hailed as a “breakthrough”. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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