Wonder Wheel - 2017 - 6/10
Woody Allen recalls Coney Island of the 50’s.
Married couple struggle with the park’s decline. Young son is a pyro, older daughter has fled her Mafia husband.
Lifeguard, an aspiring writer, narrates, and attracts the wife, who once was an “actress.”
Various storylines are solid, if a little threadbare.
Acting is also first rate, and yet, this is highly theatrical. Meaning, smells stagebound.
Dialogue often turns into soliloquy, conversation is like delivering lines.
Wonderful camera work! Saturated colors, sweeping shadows, great eye from Vittorio Storaro.
Unfortunately, the plot is a retread and the whole thing is much too talky.
Extremely disappointing, nonetheless, as this has elements for one of Allen’s “good ones.”