Wonder Wheel

Woody Allen’s latest, set in the 1950s on Coney Island near his own youthful stomping grounds, highlights the luscious cinematography of legendary lenser Vittorio Storaro in telling the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s.

A lifeguard (Justin Timberlake) tells us a story that just might be filtered through his vivid imagination: a middle-aged carousel operator (James Belushi) and his beleaguered wife (Kate Winslet), who eke out a living on the boardwalk, are visited by his estranged daughter (Juno Temple) who needs to hide out from gangsters at her father’s apartment—a situation from which layer upon layer of all-too-human complications develop. Allen and Storaro, working with a remarkable cast led by Winslet in a powerhouse performance, have created a bracing and surprising movie experience.In a career spanning 50 years and almost as many features, Woody Allen has refined, reinvented, and redefined the terms of his art, and that’s exactly what he does with his daring new film.

(US / 2017 / Directed by Woody Allen)
PG-13/ 101 mins.