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Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.
Todd Haynes
Julianne MooreOakes FegleyMillicent Simmonds
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Jaden MichaelCory Michael SmithTom Noonanand Michelle Williams
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David BReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Are you wondering if you should watch this movie? I decided to write this post, after reading the 1- and 2-star reviews, with a TEST to help answer that question.
TEST # 1. When you are given a present, do you: a) open it slowly, delighting in the mystery, enjoying the look on the gift giver's face as the suspense heightens? Or, b) rip open the paper, look at the gift and say, "Oh, thanks Aunt Millie," and then go back to your phone wondering how many of your followers are reading your Instagram posts about what a lame [insert holiday] you're having?
TEST # 2. The last time you tried to solve a maze, did you: a) carefully work your way around it, sometimes having to back up and erase until you reached the goal? Or, b) start from the center and work your way out because it was faster, with no erasing and, really, you just wanted to finish the [insert adjective] thing?
If you answered (a) to both questions, then start the movie. There is no need to read any further. Seriously. Just hit PLAY.
If you answered (b) to both questions, you have probably already given up on this post and are now watching the trailer for 'Transforming Mutant Lego Dino Droids'. I don't even know why I am still writing to you.
If you answered one of each, then read on. I don't consider any of this to be spoilers. But you should know that this film does not have any car chases, although someone does almost get run over by a horse ... and there IS a chase scene but it's on foot. Know that you will probably not jump out of your seat and yell, "Wow!" or "Holy [insert expletive]!" But you may find yourself saying, "Oh,' and "Aha," and "ohhh, wow." You won't scream, but you might cry. There are no explosions ... well, there is something you could CALL an 'explosion', but it's more of an Act of [insert Deity]. There are no dinosaurs - no, I take that back. There ARE dinosaurs, they just don't talk or eat people. In fact, Jeff Goldblum isn't even IN this movie. There is a whale, but no one is trying to help it escape. There are no wizards, but there is a gentleman in a white beard who runs a shop that could be converted into Ollivander's without too much effort. There are no aliens, but there is a giant meteorite that came from space. New York City DOES get plunged into a blackout, but there are no shirtless heroes grabbing Uzis and hitting the streets. For the record, there ARE several shirtless males, but they are just trying to stay cool on a hot day in the city. And, finally, this is not an animated movie, but there is a brilliant scene that uses animation to tell a back story. I mean it is [insert expletive-adjective] Brilliant! Oh, there ARE wolves and they ARE chasing someone, but that's in the first two minutes, so .... I should also warn you that a large part of this movie is in black-and-white. It's a well used narrative device to help you track where and when you are. Think the Wizard of Oz. And also be warned that parts of the film have no dialogue ... or even sound. It's all part of the experience. Think of it as anti-IMAX.
The final TEST [#3] is this. Have you EVER wondered what your place was in the world? Where you really belonged? Ever lost anyone through divorce or death or simply because one of you moved away, and you felt all alone? If you answered b) "No," then go back to Instagram. But if any of the above intrigues you and you answered a) "yes," then I think you should hit the PLAY button. I think you will find it worth your while.
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MDGReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Deaf perspective
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As a deaf individual, it is a welcome change to see movies from the "deaf" world perspective in a hearing world. To the Mom in Brookline post, it is very much how our world is daily even in 2018. We use communication with visual language, hands, and no sound. I certainly hope Julianne Moore wins an award Oscar along with the boy who played "Ben".
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teriReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderstruck struck me with wonder
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Although it is a slower paced movie, I never lost interest not even for a moment. Seeing the curiosity on both Rose and Ben's faces in the museum reminded me of when I would visit the Museum of Science and Industry when I was a child and seeing that same wonder on my children's faces when I took them to my favorite Museum in Chicago. Wonderstruck is a beautiful story of two children in different times in search of something important to them. Truly a bittersweet movie with a touching ending. It left me wanting to know what happens next for Rose and Ben.
45 people found this helpful
Susan E. SteinhausReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Be patient and let unfold
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I am a "Hugo" fan so the connection to "Wonderstruck" had me hooked. It was a lovely film. Mysterious and engaging. A bit slow, but because there is so little dialog you have to be patient for it to unfold. The parallel stories were handled very well. The black and white "silent film" technique was excellent, but again required patience. A very good family film for thoughtful pre-teens and above. No "action" or car chases. Just an excellent story.
38 people found this helpful
N.A.CrawfordReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie though it has its points
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I was intrigued by this movie. A young girl in 1927 looking for her mom. and now this young boy in 1977 Minnesota, looking for his father after seeing a bookmark for a specific bookstore in Manhattan. How are they linked together? How do he forge this? how do they meet? How does this happen? First off, I find this a very sweet movie for young kids. I am familiar with Todd Haynes other movies(i.e. Far From Heaven, which also starred Jullianne Moore), but this one took a bit getting used to. Since I saw it on here, a lot of the dark scenes, I just couldn't see. But I had to see how this would end up. It is a bit muddled on how the father passed, but I am glad that Rose's story came out well because it seemed as though the father and mother didn't want to be bothered by her at all although they were well to do. I am so glad Walter(her brother) stepped to the plate, and I loved Jamie, his friend. Very good movie for kids as well as for the hearing impaired.
5 people found this helpful
David WendeleReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A True Gem of Film
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One of the best motion pictures in decades in my humble opinion.
(NO Spoilers within my review.)
Julianne Moore is outstanding, the girl and the young boy "Ben" are real gems, especially the actors of such young ages, and many other actors and their characters are wonderful.
This movie is very well written, directed, and played by all of the cast. The script is quite strong in every way, it will immerse you into the storyline, one moment you will be perplexed, shocked, happy, sad, it will make you feel happy, sad and you may even cry, to mention a few examples.
No matter what emotions you may feel or reactions you may have one thing is most certain, the imagination of the author and strong writing, directing, and acting, will leave you with a feeling of satisfaction that you spent the time to watch it.
If like me you are a true connoisseur of film and taste each moment individually and as a whole, you will most certainly be gobbling every bit of this film up.
This film runs the gamut from the era of Chaplin and silent film to the talkies of the latter 1920s to the 1970s, and I can assure you this film is rich in taste and texture in every way possible.
If you have any reservations about seeing it please take my advice and do so anyway, for although the best of films are not always packaged as lightning many times they can and do surprise you.
Who knows, it just might even leave you "Wonderstruck"!
26 people found this helpful
S. KingReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Meticulous production and soundtrack and enjoyable plot
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Sure, this movie develops slowly, but I was so engaged in the visuals and the soundtrack that it was easy to keep watching. I checked Wikipedia to see how much this movie cost since there were so many scenes with many period correct vehicles, so many extras in the right clothes for the era, and the soundtrack was amazing! Not only did it fit the movie, but there were many elements of the soundtrack that weren't just synchronized to what was happening on screen, but synchronized with a sound related to what was happening on screen! The songs that were part of the movie were also enjoyable to listen to, especially Deodato's Also Sprach Zarathustra. I am amazed that this $7 million film (according to Wikipedia) has such a first rate production that would be worthy of a fantastic movie of any budget. Sure, I saw the negative reviews mentioning the lighting, but I never noticed anything wrong with it. In fact, that was one of the little gems of the production, that even the incandescent flashlights had the right color temperature, unlike nearly every other movie ever made. And yes, sitting through the slowly building story was rewarding along the way, and especially at the end. I loved it.
Frank DundeeReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
I was "Wonderstruck" how anyone could say something positive about this movie
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Even during this pandemic when there is nothing to do, my wife and I are hard-pressed to find something to like in this movie. We had great hopes that we would be rewarded at some point during the long slog to get to the credits, but there was nothing but a contrived ending that didn't pull at any heartstrings. Movies often suspend logic in an entertaining way to spin a story, but even a story about two deaf children lost in New York City 50 years apart, each searching for their place in the universe, falls flat. The strange fact is that neither child needed to be deaf in this story; the story would be the same. Their deafness no doubt enhances the sympathy of audience, but it only serves to make the movie excruciatingly difficult to watch when reading the handwritten notes that are exchanged back and forth, almost indecipherable being flashed up on the screen for seconds. And it seems the cinematographer shot the movie with a widow's veil over the camera's lens to achieve a murkiness that matched the murkiness of a movie with neither plot nor storyline. Eyestrain is the result. The audience is left to wonder why the mother of the young boy hid the identity of the boy's father; why none of the boy's father's relatives ever reached out to the boy; why the mother played "Space Oddity" over and over, as if her son's father was an alien from Mars. Please, do not be deterred from watching this movie because of this negative review; see for yourself.
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