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Wonder Wheel (film)

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Wonder Wheel
Wonderwheelfilmposter.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Woody Allen
Produced by
Written by Woody Allen
Starring
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Edited by Alisa Lepselter
Production
company
  • Gravier Productions
  • Perdido Productions
Distributed by Amazon Studios
Release date
  • October 14, 2017 (NYFF)
  • December 1, 2017 (United States)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7.2 million[2]

Wonder Wheel is a 2017 American period drama film written and directed by Woody Allen, and starring Kate WinsletJim BelushiJuno Temple, and Justin Timberlake. The film is set in a 1950s amusement park on Coney Island, and follows the wife of a carousel operator and her husband’s estranged daughter as they pursue the same man.[3]

The film served as the closing night selection at the 55th New York Film Festival, on October 14, 2017,[4] and was theatrically released on December 1, 2017, by Amazon Studios.[5]

Plot[edit]

Winslet told Entertainment Weekly that “The film revolves around Ginny, the promiscuous wife of a carousel operator, who perks up when she falls for a handsome lifeguard. But when her husband’s estranged daughter resurfaces and also sets her sights on Mickey, it begins ‘the great unraveling of Ginny.'”[6]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

Kate Winslet was the first actor who came on board for the film, in July 2016,[7][8] followed by Juno Temple and Jim Belushi.[9] Allen, describing the casting process, said that, “The first person I cast was Kate Winslet, then I cast a young girl named Juno Temple who I thought very much of,” and “I cast Jim Belushi who I thought was absolutely perfect for it.”[10] Talking about the film, Winslet – who was previously attached to Allen’s 2005 drama film Match Point but left the project to spend more time with her family – said, “I play the lead. My character is called Ginny, and she’s a waitress in a clam house… It was probably like the second most stressful part I’ve ever played, but the experience itself was just utterly incredible.”[11]

Allen later signed Justin Timberlake in the role of a lifeguard,[12][13] saying that “I was doing this film and I thought, who could I get that would be an interesting guy to play a lifeguard in about 1950? I was sitting and talking with my brain trust. Someone said, ‘What about Justin Timberlake?'”[10] On August 19, 2016, Tony Sirico joined the cast.[14] In September 2016, Jack Gore, Steve Schirripa, and Max Casella rounded out the cast of the film.[15][16][17]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in Coney Island on September 15, 2016.[18] On the same day, filming took place at Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn around Hudson Avenue and Gold Street.[19]Timberlake and Temple were spotted filming at Brighton Beach on September 16, 2016,[20] and Winslet and Timberlake filmed scenes at Coney Island on September 19, 2016.[21]

Release[edit]

The film premiered as the closing film of the New York Film Festival on October 14, 2017. It was theatrically released on December 1, 2017, the same day as Allen’s 82nd birthday.[5]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 30%, based on 138 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Wonder Wheel gathers a charming cast in an inviting period setting, but they aren’t enough to consistently breathe life into a Woody Allen project that never quite comes together.”[22] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.[23]

Graham Fuller for Screen International wrote a positive review, praising Allen, “It would be going too far to say Wonder Wheel is an instant Woody Allen classic, but it’s a reminder that he’s still a force to be reckoned with.”[24]

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave Wonder Wheel three out of four stars, and lauded Winslet’s performance, writing “there are valid criticisms of Wonder Wheel as a film that feels more like a stage play – its claustrophobic atmosphere can be stifling. But even covering familiar ground, Allen finds the blunt truth at its core. As Ginny is stripped of her fantasies and exposed to the harsh glare of reality, Winslet stands her ground, as if to say attention must be paid. It should be. Her performance is absolutely astounding.”[25]

Writing for Entertainment Weekly, Chris Nash found the film to be relatively weak, giving it a C- rating, and stating: “The love triangle is stagy and unfolds with way too many complications and betrayals. It’s undercooked even by the filmmaker’s own late-career standards. Yes, Coney Island has never looked more gorgeously golden-hued (thanks to cinematographer Vittorio Storaro), but Allen has seldom been less sharp.”[26]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Hollywood Film Awards November 4, 2017 Hollywood Actress Award Kate Winslet Won [27]
St. Louis Film Critics Association December 10, 2017 Best Cinematography Vittorio Storaro Nominated [28]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ “Wonder Wheel”New York Film Festival. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  2. Jump up^ “Wonder Wheel (2017)”Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  3. Jump up^ “”I said everything I could say”: Woody Allen hasn’t read Ronan Farrow’s op-ed and doesn’t plan to”. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  4. Jump up^ “Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel Will Close NYFF55”. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  5. Jump up to:a b Lang, Brent (June 12, 2017). “Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’ Scores December Release (EXCLUSIVE)”Variety. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  6. Jump up^ Entertainment Weekly, August 18, 2017, p. 77.
  7. Jump up^ “Kate Winslet to be cast in Woody Allen’s next film”. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  8. Jump up^ “Kate Winslet Joining Woody Allen’s Next Film”. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  9. Jump up^ “Jim Belushi Joins Kate Winslet in Woody Allen’s New Movie”. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  10. Jump up to:a b “Woody Allen on casting Justin Timberlake, directing ‘Café Society’ for ‘nothing'”. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  11. Jump up^ “Style sightings: Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts and Penélope Cruz attend Lancôme dinner in Monaco”. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  12. Jump up^ “Justin Timberlake to join Kate Winslet in Woody Allen’s 48th film”. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  13. Jump up^ “Kate Winslet to be cast in Woody Allen’s next film”. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  14. Jump up^ Lincoln, Ross A. (August 19, 2016). “Tony Sirico Joins Woody Allen’s Next Film”Deadline. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  15. Jump up^ “‘Billions’ Actor Jack Gore Joins Kate Winslet in Woody Allen’s Next Film”. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  16. Jump up^ Pedersen, Erik (September 23, 2016). “Steven Schirripa Joins Next Woody Allen Movie, Setting Up ‘Sopranos’ Reunion”Deadline.
  17. Jump up^ N’Duka, Amanda (September 28, 2016). “Max Casella Joins Woody Allen’s Untitled Film; Gilbert Owuor Cast In ‘Mute'”Deadline.com. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  18. Jump up^ “Woody Allen’s new movie to film in Coney Island”. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  19. Jump up^ “Woody Allen 2017 Film Production Starts In Brooklyn 15th September”. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  20. Jump up^ “Justin Timberlake harkens back to boy band days with clean-cut look as retro lifeguard on Woody Allen movie set”. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  21. Jump up^ “What a gent! Justin Timberlake holds umbrella for Kate Winslet on romantic rainy stroll on the beach for upcoming untitled Woody Allen project”. Retrieved September 20,2016.
  22. Jump up^ Wonder Wheel (2017)”Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  23. Jump up^ Wonder Wheel reviews”Metacritic. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  24. Jump up^ https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/wonder-wheel-new-york-review/5123288.article
  25. Jump up^ “‘Wonder Wheel’ Review: Kate Winslet Singes in Woody Allen’s Dour Drama”Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  26. Jump up^ Chris Nash. Entertainment Weekly. December 8, 2017. Page 42.
  27. Jump up^ Lee, Ashley (25 October 2017). “Hollywood Film Awards to Honor Kate Winslet and Jake Gyllenhaal”The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  28. Jump up^ Shape of Water Receives 12 Nominations From the St. Louis Film Critics

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