DVD - 2018
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The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.
Audience: unrated
Publisher: [United States] :, Amazon Studios,, [2018]
Edition: EnglishFrenchSpanish version
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama WONDERSTRUCK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Dec 12, 2018

Wonderful and appealing child actors, but very frustrating that the movie didn't make better use of its interesting subject. Story not helped by amateurish camera work, and some scenes were hopelessly dark.

Nov 22, 2018

I loved the movie. It deserves to be watched by more people. Probably slow going for most young kids. But a great story with a heart felt ending.

Nov 10, 2018

this film is lost, maybe the idea started out good but the film isn't

Oct 05, 2018

This movie is a mess. I could never tell what it wanted to be or accomplish. It is two period pieces in one, but the connection between them doesn't really pay off. Also, *SPOILER* this movie employs the plot cliche (Star Wars?) that the ultimate twist is that someone is a lost family member. But the characters just don't behave in a way that rings true, rather they try to build presentation using movie edits. If a lost homeless kid stumbles into your store, just tell him what he needs to know so he can feel safe and stop searching. Instead, the characters are like "come with me" and take him on a bus ride across town. Don't leave the poor kid hanging for 18 blocks on the bus! In the movie it appears as a cut lasting seconds, but I wonder what that ride was like:
"Excuse me, can you just tell me what you want me to know? There is nothing else I want to talk about and awkwardly staring out the window is getting old. There are still five stops to go!"

Sep 15, 2018

UNWATCHABLE - I turned it off after 15 minutes

Aug 30, 2018

Engaging original premise on the deep yearning to search for self-identity and how two young lives converged to American Museum of Natural History and Queens Museum in NYC. It was Millicent "Millie" Simmonds first film performance. Perhaps with better material/experience/director, her second act improved in "A Quiet Place 2018." Agree with everyone that it was too long but suspected that the director was showing off the production sets and costumes of the two eras.

Aug 20, 2018

I watched the film and found its pacing to be verrrrrry slow. Although intended for children, I think they will lose interest too quickly. As an adult, I have more patience for character study type films but even to me, parts of this film just dragged on. It should've been tightened up and shortened by about at least a half hour. It does offer some interesting elements - the 2 story lines - deaf girl from the 1920s and deaf boy from the 1970s. The respective scenes are filmed in typical nostalgic black and white (sepia might have worked better) and with a yellow green colorcast and more color saturation for the 70s. Though the stories take place 50 years apart, both children head off to New York in search of family. Their connection is predictable so it's just a matter of waiting to see how things play out. The plot took so long to resolve that by the end I was more than ready for it to end.
The more interesting part of the DVD, rather than the film itself, was the special featurettes on making the film: showing the museum, World's Fair exhibit, creating the miniatures, seeing the real panorama and hearing composer Carter Burwell talk about scoring the film, and getting more info about the child actress who is deaf. I never realized during the film that either of the children was actually deaf. The writer of the story is Brian Selznick, who created the story for the film Hugo, which I loved. That film was captured fabulously by Martin Scorsese. This one had a great cinematographer and lots of interesting visual ideas at times but the director let scenes run way too long and the editor didn't help the situation. It made me want to learn more about the museum elements than care about the characters and the story and that's a shame. As others have stated, Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams are almost afterthoughts in this film.

Aug 02, 2018

I really wanted to like this more especially since I loved Hugo and there are many good elements to this movie, but I wonder who was the intended audience? It is very slow and esoteric for children and teens will not like it at all. It is more a movie for older adults who will appreciate the 1970’s authenticity. It is even filmed in this yellowish tint as were a lot of movies from that decade which lends a good feel, but is also a bit irritating. The sequences filmed for the era of silent films are less convincing though. This is a bit of a time travel movie done with flashbacks, but the themes are a unfortunately overly mixed. If it had stayed a story about family history that would be one thing, but it mixes in a disability theme as well as a theme about friendship, parental estrangement, death, appreciation about history, well you get the picture. It is worth seeing if you like sentimental films, which I do, but don’t go in expecting a fast paced, funny or typical Disney type movie. Julianne Moore displays her usual overwrought performance, but Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place) gives a solid performance which pushes the needle for me to say it is worth a look.

JCLIanH Jun 20, 2018

Wonderstruck is wonderful. In addition to being an excellent and deeply moving children's film that doesn't pander to its young audience, director Todd Haynes does some amazingly innovative stuff that makes this a treat for all ages. It's too mature for younger kids, but it's an excellent choice for the 8+ crowd (or fans of Brian Selznick's novel).

Jun 14, 2018

Some redeeming qualities but essentially the storyline is very contrived and hard to believe. Michelle Williams is almost non existent and Julianne Moore's talents are wasted! Sorry can't recommend!

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Aug 31, 2018

A curator's job is an important one, for it is the curator who decides what belongs in the museum. In a way, anyone who collects things in the privacy of his own home is a curator. But how did the very first curators store their collections? They were kept in pieces of furniture called Cabinets of Wonder. Eventually, some collections grew beyond the confines of a single cabinet and took over entire rooms.
("Fox on the Run" by The Sweet begins playing on the LP record player)
It's okay, keep it on. My mom had one like this. I can feel the vibrations.
One of the attractions was going to be the panorama, a scale model of the
entire city of New York, the largest architectural model ever built.
This panorama is not just a model of New York City. It's also the story of your father's life.

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